LAHORE  - The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), which promised a grassroots governance system in its manifesto, is planning to hold local bodies’ elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on party basis through electronic voting.

The PTI will start full gear preparations for the local elections soon after the provincial cabinet takes oath and some modifications were expected in the local governance system established by Pervez Musharraf after the polls, party sources told The Nation on Thursday.

The said that polls would be held on party basis, however a final decision would be taken in a meeting chaired by party chief Imran Kahn after PTI takes charge in the Khyber PK. The party chairman had directed the KPK chief minister to make arrangements for electronic polling, but it might not be possible throughout the volatile province, they added.

PTI central spokesperson Dr Shireen Mazari, when contacted, said, “We will definitely hold local bodies’ polls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa within 90 days (as required by law and) as promised by the party chairman.” She said most likely the polls would be held on party basis, however the overall plan would get a final shape after further deliberations by party’s central and provincial leadership. Another senior PTI leader, Shafqat Mehmood also confirmed the information in this regard. PTI Punjab chapter president Ijaz Chaudhary also confirmed the party-based polls plan and said that efforts were on to hold for electronic voting. When asked about the expected modifications in the local government system, the party insiders said that proposals in this regard would come under discussion in the party meeting and nothing has been finalised so far on this count.

Meanwhile, some KPK leaders met with Imran Khan at his residence on Thursday and informally discussed proposals relating to the local bodies polls. They told the party chairman that early formation of the provincial cabinet was necessary for on time local polls as it would require improving the law and order before carrying out this exercise, which is more extensive and elementary than the national polls.