Islamabad: Civil society, facing numerous basic issues, has demanded of the new government to take immediate steps for holding local bodies elections in the country so that the problems of people could be resolved.

The demand for local bodies polls was made by Syed Kausar Abbas, a civil society activist and Program Manager of Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI), here on Monday.
He said that Pakistan did not have elected local government system since 2008 in all four provinces which is increasing the issues of public at the grassroots level. Kausar Abbas said that the federal and provincial government should stop the funds of all members of parliament and the development funds should be spent through the elected local government representatives in all over the country.
He further said that this was the prime responsibility of provincial governments after 18th Amendment that each province should legislate its own local government policy.
The entire province is independent after 18th Amendment but unfortunately they were failed to conduct the local government elections. He also said that by having elected local government system the problems of the people can be resolved at the grassroots level and at their door steps. He said that the government should immediately stop the development funds of all MPs and hold free, fair and transparent local government elections in all the provinces.

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