islamabad - The federal government yesterday issued a notification to bring into force all the remaining provisions of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Local Government Act, 2015 and make the ICT Local Government functional from today (Wednesday) - almost six months after the local government elections.

The notification has come after the elected representatives from the ICT got frustrated due to the procedural delay and repeatedly demanded of the government to do the needful to make the elected bodies functional and transfer powers to the elected representatives of the local bodies.

The notification issued by the interior ministry on Tuesday read: “In exercise of powers conferred by subsection 3 of section 1 of the Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Act 2015, the federal government is pleased to appoint the 15th day of June, 2016, to be the date on which the said Act shall come into force, except its provisions already invoked which shall be deemed to have come into force from the date they were invoked for the first time. The elections were held under the said Act at the end of the last year but the government seemed reluctant to transfer powers to the elected local bodies’ representatives.

Some of the provisions of the said Act were already invoked under which the elections were held, the elected representatives took oath of their offices and the rules and bye-laws were being drafted but the ICT Metropolitan Corporation could not get functional. The notification is a step forward towards complete transition of power to the elected representatives as a two years time has been envisaged for the purpose in the said Act. The federal government had sought two years time for complete transition of power from the date the parliament passed the ICT LG bill as the system was being introduced for the first time in the ICT limits and there was no basic infrastructure required for the same.

The sources in the ICT administration told The Nation that still a lot is to be done for complete transition of power as rules and byelaws are being drafted in the light of the Act and formula for division of powers between the Metropolitan Corporation and the Capital Development Authority is pending with the law and justice division for vetting. The sources said that CDA is likely to retain 20 directorates while the rest would be given under the administrative control of the Metropolitan Corporation with some of them to be placed under joint control of the both.