Islamabad: The Senate approved the Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Act Amendment Bill 2022.
The bill was approved clause-by-clause amid noise and sloganeering by the opposition. After the approval of the bill, the seat of mayor and deputy mayor will be re-elected in case of vacancy, while the voting for the direct election of mayor and deputy mayor will be held on the day of union council election.
In the Senate meeting presided over by Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, the opposition created a ruckus and PTI members rose from their seats and came in front of the chairman’s dais. Member Senate Waseem Shahzad said that the procedure should not be bulldozed.
The opposition surrounded the chairman’s dais and kept chanting slogans of “Don’t run away from elections”.
The quorum was also indicated in the House, but the quorum turned out to be complete. On which the proceedings of the meeting were resumed and the Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Act Amendment Bill was approved.
The bill was approved amid noise from the opposition. The bill was opposed by the opposition and sloganeering continued in the House. Islamabad Municipal Elections Bill will come into force immediately after approval.
According to the bill, the number of union council of Islamabad will be 125 while the election of mayor and deputy mayor will be direct and single vote cast for mayor and deputy mayor.