Even less than two years on, the ruling PML (N) is opposed to party-based local bodies elections, lending credence to its perceived fears the outcome may go against it and giving an element of legitimacy to the charge that May-2013 general elections were massively rigged. Given growing contention about its performance the PML-N perhaps rightly thinks that the upcoming local bodies elections have the makings of a referendum. Otherwise its opposition makes no sense, especially when these were party-based elections to provincial assemblies and parliament that brought it to power at the federal level and in the country's biggest province, Punjab. The PML (N) must not lose sight of the fact that its top leader Nawaz Sharif signed the Charter of Democracy (CoD) with Benazir Bhutto in 2006, when both wandered the wilderness of their exile forced by the military ruler Pervez Musharraf. Isn't then a matter of shame on the part of the PML-N that its deputy minister for parliamentary affairs in the National Assembly, Sheikh Aftab, should justify his government's stand because 'such (non-party) elections were held under Ziaul Haq'. No surprise then the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah, opposed the passage of a bill to hold local bodies elections in the Capital on a non-party basis. The PPP had resisted party-less elections in Punjab and won the court verdict in its favour. It is quite likely therefore that the bill passed by the lower house may be rejected by the Senate. How relevant political parties are democratic elections this past Sunday presented an evidence for all to see - as candidates submitted nomination papers for cantonment elections they were accompanied by supports with known party affiliations. Reports suggest that political parties are preparing to adopt nomenclatures of 'groups', as they are not supposed to be part of the process. And as to who would be their candidates for local bodies elections the parties are in works to make selections.