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GILGIT: Minister for Local Government Wazir Farman Ali has said the Gilgit-Baltistan government has achieved an important milestone by introducing amendments in the G-B LG Act, 2014 which will be implemented soon. LG elections in the region will now be held under the amended act which will help address public issues on a more local level. These views were expressed by the minister while speaking to The Express Tribune on Monday. He said, “The amendments in the act were made keeping public concerns in mind.” Ali added, “The act now has the capacity to address all public issues with few hurdles.” The minister said assembly members and other stakeholders will be taken into confidence if deemed necessary so changes in the act could be made. Regarding the elections, Ali pointed out, “LG polls in G-B will allow people to vote for their favorite party and candidate.” He said, “Preparations are in full swing and we will be able to hold elections soon. NADRA is preparing computerised electoral lists which are in the final stages.” The LG minister added, “The schedule for the polls will be announced after NADRA provides the data to the government.” Ali hoped the devolution of power to the grass-roots level through the act will help people get their issues and problems resolved with ease. “This is the best way to address the problems of the people,” he said. Meanwhile, Gilgit-Baltistan Policy Institute (GBPI) President Altaf Hussain commented, “The draft of the bill has been completed and the government will issue a notification after fulfilling the due process.” Original drafts The LG Act 2014 was drafted by GBPI, a non-profit organisation, after holding a series of consultations with stakeholders in G-B and Islamabad. The project ‘Support for Implementation of Gilgit-Baltistan Local Government Act 2014’ which was initiated on June 16, 2015, was meant to improve legislative governance in G-B. Financial support was extended by the office of the US Assistance for International Aid through ‘Citizen’s Voice Project’ under a sub-contract signed with Trust for Democratic Education & Accountability Pakistan. Under the project, technical assistance was provided to G-B government in developing rules of business for the finance commission, local government commission, local council board, and district tehsil union councils. Published in The Express Tribune, December 29th, 2015.

GBLA-18: PML-N candidate wins by-polls in G-B

By Shabbir Mir

GILGIT: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate Imran Wakeel won the by-elections held in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Tangir Valley of Diamer district.

As per unofficial results release on Wednesday, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl candidate Gulbar Khan was a runner-up in the elections in which nearly 7,000 women were barred from casting ballots as clerics did not permit them to take part in the polls. According to unofficial results, Wakeel obtained 39,000 votes while JUI-F candidate Gulbar Khan secured 2,300 votes.

The seat for GBLA-18, Diamer 4 fell vacant in May after the death of the then minister for forest Haji Muhammad Wakeel.

Polling for by-election in GBLA-18 started at 8am and ended at 4pm without any break. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also congratulated Imran Wakeel on winning the election.

The total registered voters in the valley were slightly over 15,000. But without women, the men voted in 26 polling stations of which four had been declared highly sensitive. In addition, law-enforcement agencies and the army were also deployed to maintain law and order.

G-B Force Commander Major General Asim Munir and Chief Election Commissioner Justice Tahir Ali Shah also visited the valley to inspect the polling process.

An official requesting anonymity told The Express Tribune the chief election commissioner was dissatisfied over the lack of participation by women in by-polls.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2016.


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