Governance Structure under Punjab Local Government Act 2013

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Structure of Local Government

Structure of a Metropolitan Corporation
There will be only one metropolitan corporation in the Punjab; i.e. LAHORE
There will be at least 150 Union Councils in Lahore Metropolitan Corporation (LMC). The exact number of UCs in LMC will be clear once the process of delimitation is clear. It is estimated that LMC will have around 250 UCs.
 
Union Council
A Union Council will be either City Council or Village Council
Total Members=11
Total Directly Elected Members on General Seats=6
Total Directly Elected Members on reserve seat=5
 
Difference Between a Rural and Urban Union Council
A City Council will have a reserve seat for worker; a village council will have a reserve seat for peasant
Characteristics of a Union Council

No.

City Council

Village Council

Executive Head

Chairman & Vice Chairman elected as Joint Candidates through direct election

Chairman & Vice Chairman elected as Joint Candidates through direct election

Total Members

11(6 general members; 5 reserved seats); both general and reserved seats members elected through direct election

11(6 general members; 5 reserved seats); both general and reserved seats members elected through direct election

Population

20-25 thousand

10000

Upper body

Municipal Corporation

(Metropolitan Corporation in case of Lahore)

District Council

Peasant/Worker reserved seat

Reserved seat for worker

Reserved seat for peasant

District Council

Important Things to remember in case of District Council
  1. Total number of District Council Members will vary from council to council. 
  2. Number of rural UCs in a district council will be different. Remember, all the Chairmen of these UCs will be the members of the District Council.
  3. Government will declare which union council is rural and which is urban during the process of delimitation. Rural Union Council (Village Council) will form the part of District Council.
  4. Number of women and peasant members as indicated above are the maximum members. Government will fix their number depending upon the number of UCs in District Council. So we may have different number of women and peasant members in different district councils.
  5. Number of Non-Muslim members as indicated above is the maximum member. Government will fix their number depending upon the number of non-Muslim registered voters in a district council. So we may have different number of non-Muslim members in different district councils.
  6. Remember, District Council is the term used for an area, which is rural in character. A district council will have a reserved seat for peasant and not for worker.
The Metropolitan Corporation
There would be only one metropolitan corporation in the Punjab; i.e. Lahore
Remember
There would be at least 150 Union Councils in Metropolitan Corporation. Exact number of UCs will be determined after the process of delimitation is completed.
 
Municipal Corporation
Municipal Committee
NOTE: General Seats are open for everyone. A woman, a non-Muslim or a worker etc can contest election on general seat. This will not decrease their quota of reserve seats.

Some Important Definitions

Term

Definition

Peasant

A person who is a landless farm worker or, one who during the period of five years preceding the year in which the election is held, has been the owner of not more than five acres of land and depends directly on it for subsistence living

Technocrat

A person who is the holder of a degree requiring conclusion of at least sixteen years of education recognized by the Higher Education Commission and at least five years of experience in the relevant field

Worker

A person directly engaged in work or is dependent on personal labour for subsistence living and includes a worker as defined in the Punjab Industrial Relations Act 2010 (XIX of 2010)

Youth

A person who is twenty one years old and is less than twenty five years of age on the last day fixed for filing of nomination papers.

Note: Above categories are by no-means restricted to men alone. Both men and women can contest for above-mentioned 4 categories.

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