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New local govt amendment bill likely in next PA session

As the spring session of the Sindh Assembly will get under way from Monday, it has been reliably learnt that a bill was submitted by the Sindh government for undoing the provision of tabling a no-confidence motion for changing the local bodies across representatives across the province.

The proposed recommendation would be the fourth amendment bill to amend the Sindh Local Government Act-2013.

The amendment bill will withdraw the provision included in the original Local Government Law under which elected chairman and vice chairman of the local councils could be removed through presentation of a no-confidence motion by members of their respective councils.

It is likely that the fresh Sindh Local Government amendment bill will do away the provision to remove chairman and vice chairman of union councils and union committees through presentation of a no-confidence motion.

The Section 28 in the Sindh Local Government Act 2013 deals with the provision of vote of no confidence against office bearers of the local councils.

It states: “A mayor, deputy mayor, chairman or vice chairman, shall be removed from office if a vote of no-confidence is passed against him in the prescribed manner by the two-third majority of the total number of the members of the council concerned”.

The section further says: “A motion of no-confidence shall be deemed to have failed, if, at the meeting to consider the motion, it did not secure the requisite majority of votes in its favour or was not moved for want of quorum or for any other reason. No person against whom a vote of no-confidence has been passed shall be eligible for re-election as a mayor, deputy mayor, chairman or vic chairman, as the case may be, during the residue of the term of the council concerned”.

Reporter. New local govt amendment bill likely in next PA session. The News, March 5, 2017.

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