A City District
is a district
that consists primarily or entirely of a major city or large metropolitan area. While there are 117 Districts
, there are only ten City Districts. A city district may contain subdivisions called Towns
and Union Councils
City Districts were introduced in 2000, during the administration of President Pervez Musharraf
. Musharraf announced holding of local government elections, which began from December 2000 at the Union Council
level and come to a completion with District Council
elections in July, 2001. Announcing the programme for devolution
of power and responsibility, at Chagai auditorium, he stated that voters’ age would be lowered by three years, from the from 21 years to 18 years, to broaden the voter base and promote greater participation by young people. Elections were held in two stages: first, the Union Council level, commencing in December 2000 in 15 districts, and subsequently in February, March, April and May, with roughly twenty-five districts going to the polls each time. In the second stage, the district assemblies’ elections were held countrywide in July 2001.
The three-tier system of government in Karachi exemplifies the administrative structure of a City District:
- The Karachi City District is a three-tiered system comprising the City District Government (CDG), the Town Municipal Administration (TMA) and the Union Administration (UA). When setting up the City District......