The Punjab government has decided to hold local body elections across the province in March or April 2022, said well-placed sources.
The sources said the provincial government will get the new Punjab Local Government Act 2021 passed from the assembly in the days to come. As per the draft of the new local body act, at least 11 metropolitan corporations will be established in the province.
Besides the 11 metropolitan corporations, 15 municipal corporations and 35 district councils will also be set up in the province under the new local body act. All local representatives, from the councillor to the city mayor, would be elected through a direct vote.
In addition to this, over 6,000 village and neighbourhood councils will be established, while each village will have its own panchayat across the province.
Each village panchayat will comprise five members and it will be given powers as well as financial grant, sources said, adding that the body will decide minor disputes among villagers and will address other issues like street lights and provision of potable water to the people.
Earlier, the PTI had formed a consultative committee to decide tickets for the upcoming local government elections in Punjab. Sources had said the committee on local body elections has been formed on the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The committee comprised PTI chief organiser Saifullah Niazi, Secretary-General Amir Mehmood Kiani and Punjab Minister for Local Bodies Mian Mehmoodur Rashid. The committee would also consult regional presidents of the PTI.
The panel would furnish proposals on the distribution of tickets and the selection of candidates. It will also give suggestions on seat adjustments with like-minded parties.