LAHORE– Punjab Government has decided to hold elections for the local governments in November next.

Reliable sources in the official quarters say that local governments elections in Punjab are being held in November after five steps have been completed. They say the government awaits completion of the authenticated electoral rolls, legislation to change the old system, delimitation of the constituencies in light of that, and consultation with other provinces to draw similarities and work out things to meet needs of the respective province in between holding the local government in November next. Sources say that the SC has also been urged to give Punjab time to meet the said needs.

It may be mentioned that the Supreme Court has asked all four provinces to come up with the timeframe as to holding the Local Government elections. The Local Governments after completing their four years terms were dissolved in October 2009. Since then no elections could be held as through the 18th Amendment this institution was devolved to the provinces from the Federal Government.

Meanwhile, two former MPAs of PML(Q) have announced to join the PML(N) after separately meeting with Party Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Raiwind Wednesday.

Intesar Bhatti from Pindi Bhattyan, District Hafizabad and Hameeda Wahidud-din from Mandi Bahauddin met Nawaz Sharif and reposed full confidence in his leadership. They announced to join the PML(N) and their decision was welcomed by the party Quaid. During meeting with Bhatti, Afzal Tarar, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Saeed Mehdi, Asadullah Arian, former MPA Haji Jamshed Taheem and PML(N) Hafizabad Vice President Mukhtar Ahmad were also present. While during the meeting with Waheeda, MNA Ahsan Iqbal, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Justice (retd) Iftikhar Cheema and Mumtaz Tarar were also present.