Punjab notifies LB reps resignation rules
LAHORE—Even the districts governments are not yet to be formed in Punjab, the government has proposed rules regarding resignation of local bodies’ representatives from their posts. These rules may call ‘The Punjab Local Governments (Resignation) Rules, 2016’, were made under sections 144(1) of the Punjab Local Government Act, 2013 (XVIII of 2013).
A copy of these rules available with Pakistan Observer reads as, ‘these rules shall apply to all local governments except District Education Authorities and District Health Authorities established under the Punjab local Government Act, 2013. A Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Chairman, Vice Chairman or a member of a local government may resign from his office by tendering resignation in writing under his/her hand to the local government of which he is representative.
These elected persons shall deliver his resignation in person to the Chief Officer of the local government concerned or the secretary union council. Rules further says, chief officer of the local government concerned or the Secretary Union Council, is not available in his office, the res- ignation shall be delivered to the person next incharge of the office of the local government concerned. The chief officer of the local government concerned or the secretary union council shall within seven days of receipt of resignation forward the copies of resignation to the Election Commission of Pakistan and the Government with the approval of the House of local government concerned.
The officer/official receiving the resignation under sub-rule (2) or (3), shall make an en-dorsement on the resignation certifying the fact of the resignation having been delivered to him in person, at free will, date and time of such delivery, and Shall enter the receipt of the resignation in a register maintained for the purpose.
If meeting of the House of a Local Government is not possible due to any reason, the Chief Officer of Local Government concerned or the Secretary Union Council after ascertaining free will of the Deputy Mayor or Vice Chairman or member tendering the resignation, shall place it before the Head of local government concerned for approval to forward the copies of resignation to the Election Commission of Pakistan and the Government.