LAHORE: Special Assistant to the Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan says the Punjab government is considering open balloting and other reforms to eradicate the use of money in the local government elections.

The Punjab government has the capacity to hold local bodies elections within the due date (Sept 30), Dr Awan said, adding that it had decided to further amend the recently promulgated ordinance to eradicate malpractices.

The special assistant told the media that the Punjab government had decided to challenge the Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision on the NA-75 by-election in the high court instead of Supreme Court. However, the final decision would be taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Briefing the media regarding the prime minister’s Lahore visit on Friday, Dr Awan said the PPP and PML-N went for a “muk-muka (settlement)” in the Senate election.

Published in Dawn, February 27th, 2021

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