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President Alvi issues ordinance for local bodies elections in Islamabad

President Dr. Arif Alvi issued a 109-page ordinance for local body elections. (Photo: Facebook)

ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi has issued a 109-page ordinance for local bodies elections in the federal capital Islamabad in which Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) will be used.

According to details, electronic voting machines and e-voting will be used for local bodies elections in the federal capital Islamabad while the mayor of the local government will be directly elected from ICT (Islamabad Capital Territory).

According to the presidential ordinance, the Metropolitan Corporation of the ICT will be the Neighborhood Council and the Metropolitan Corporation will have all areas of cantonment under its jurisdiction except ICT. The population of each Neighborhood Council will be 20,000.

The local government will run under a directly elected mayor and the tenure of the local government and neighbourhood council will be four years. The mayor of Islamabad will have a 12-member cabinet.

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The ICT Council will consist of 70 members. No candidate under the age of 22 will be able to run in the election. The age limit for youth members is 18 to 25 years.

General members, minorities, women, youth, and senior citizens will be part of the Neighborhood Head Council. The ICT Council also included women, minority members, businessmen, youth, labourers, farmers and senior citizens.

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