The expected postponement of local government elections has too much perturbed and disappointed the prospective candidates who had vigorously filed their nomination papers, as they have lost enthusiasm regarding electioneering.

As many as 1,363 candidates had submitted their nomination papers to different returning officers in the district to contest for different slots in four municipal committees, one district council and hundreds of wards.

They had vigorously started their electioneering by displaying banners, posters and billboards and even had set up their election offices by "wasting" huge amount but now they have been disgusted and started rolling up their offices as they were clueless about the exact "fate" of the local government polls.

Most of the political parties particularly the activists of PTI and Jamaat-e-Islami are of the opinion that the present rulers are not sincere in holding the local government polls by using different tactics to postpone the poll on one pretext or the other to avert their imminent defeat in the poll.

They said that delay in devolution of power at local level is tantamount to violate the Constitution and basic human rights.

They called upon Election Commission of Pakistan and Supreme Court of Pakistan to announce a final schedule for the elections to remove uncertainty.

YOUTH FESTIVAL: Holding of Punjab Youth and Sports Festival at village, union council, tehsil and district level is aimed at providing opportunities for the youth to show their talent and recreational facilities at grassroots level, said MPA Malik Fayyaz Ahmad Awan.

Distributing prizes to the winners of competitions of different games at union council level in Jinnah Hall, he said that besides physical and mental growth, the vision of the Punjab chief minister would enable the youth to desist from negative activities particularly drugs.

He said the sportsmen would be facilitated at all levels to show their talents.

ANTI-POLIO DRIVE: The preparations have been completed for the three-day anti-polio campaign scheduled to be launched in the district from January 20, said EDO Health Dr Farooq-e-Azam Tarar said here on Saturday.

Presiding over a meeting held to review arrangements for the drive, he said that 454 mobile teams had been constituted which would visit door-to-door to administer anti-polio drops to over 200,000 children blow five years of age. He appealed to all segments of society to cooperate with the health department mobile teams to ensure hundred per cent vaccination.