website line: http://lgkp.gov.pk/
PESHAWAR: The website of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Local Government, Elections and Rural Development department was formally launched on Wednesday at the Local Governance School in Peshawar.
The launch ceremony brought together senior officers of the Local Government (LG) department and media representatives to experience the newly-established online platform first-hand.
The website, acknowledged as an important tool for the department’s future information management, is dynamic and offers functional levels of interactivity through multimedia support features, news updates and a citizens’ feedback corner.
Speaking on the occasion, LG Secretary Hifzur Rehman said, “Communication as a tool of citizen engagement can do wonders for service delivery. The website has given us the freedom and also made us more accountable to improve the outreach and delivery of our services by interacting more actively with citizens.”
Rehman added the department’s website has been established in line with the government’s e-governance framework. “We are strengthening our internal and external communication and with the launch of the website we have now gone a step ahead to engage with the citizens of K-P through information sharing and public participation,” the secretary said.
The website will strengthen the department’s public relations through sharing communication material such as success stories of local governments. In addition to providing information about ongoing reform measures and development projects being undertaken by the department, the website also enables users to download key documents such as the K-P Local Government Act 2013, K-P District Government Rules of Business 2013, Strategic Development Partnership Framework and Post-Crisis Needs Assessment.
The online platform was developed with the support of the German government under its Support to Good Governance Programme in order to strengthen the K-P LG department’s public relations. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) provided support to the department in process planning, content and structure development, as well as the website’s design.
The Good Governance Programme will also support the provincial government in fostering the design and implementation of a coherent legal framework, strengthening the training system for local civil service, developing models and providing advice for enhancing the quality of urban services, and supporting the design as well as the implementation of participatory planning and budgeting in urban local governments.
The website can be accessed here.
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- The previous news indicated about agreement on local body elections without biometrics within 45 days
- However, according to todays PTI press release, KPK govt is committed to hold elections by 15th November, 2014 (deadline given by Supreme Court) and is insiting on using biometrics
- Agreement on local govt elections without biometrics (not a good news)
- with biometrics require : 5 months (then what?)
- without biometrics : 1.5 month
- A more detailed newsin DAWN: KP withdraws demand for biometric system in LG Polls
- Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) will stand alone against an electoral alliance of three major opposition political parties – ANP, PPP and JUI-F – in the soon-to-be-announced local bodies’ elections in militancy-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has convened a consultative meeting with the officials of KP provincial government to deliberate upon the draft of principal Local Bodies Law and the preparations for holding the polls.
- Full article: http://www.brecorder.com/general-news/172/1165366/
- Deadline of Arpil 30 is hard to meet
- KP govt completed its task on March 10 (local government laws, relevant rules and the notification of delimitations)
- ECP reviewing till March 20 (changes will be requried)
- ECP needs 45 days to organize elections
- KP govt wants biometric system which has following issues:
- cost: 50,000 polling booths X Rs. 30,000/machine = Rs. 1.5 billion
- Tenders: 15 days + machines delivery will take around 2 months
- result = election in June or July (will add 3 months)
Delimitation Completes – Local Government Polls by the end of April (read here)
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is considering holding the local government elections in phases and the decision would be taken in the next few days. The provincial government is keen to conduct the local government polls using the biometric system. However, the government is faced with problems about the biometric system. (The News report here)