LAHORE Contrary to the expectations, Punjab Governor Salman Taseer on Tuesday signed the Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2010, as a result of which, all district, tehsil and union councils in the province stand dissolved with immediate effect. After governors assent to the bill, which has now become an Act of the Punjab Assembly, the Punjab government has also got the powers to appoint administrators in place of district, tehsil and union nazims respectively. These administrators, who would most probably be taken from amongst the existing DCOs, TMOs and TOs, will continue to exercise powers of nazims till the holding of new local elections. The Punjab government has also been empowered to constitute an Election Authority to conduct new local elections within six months. Consequently, the Election Commission of Pakistan would have no role in holding of local polls under the new law. The Punjab Assembly passed the local government bill on February 4, which was subsequently sent to the governor for his assent. Meanwhile, Punjab Assembly has also issued the necessary notification and sent it to concerned department for gazette notification. Given the current tension between the PML-N and the Presidency, it was being expected that Salman Taseer would return the bill to the government with certain objections over any of its clauses. But this did not happen. Informed sources have attributed the development to Sharif brothers recent meeting with PM Gilani. The PML-N leaders reportedly raised this issue with Mr Gilani, who took up the matter with the President. Mr Zardari, in turn, asked the governor to the sign the bill immediately to ease tension between the two parties.