Meeting on delimitation issue today

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ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq has convened a meeting of the parliamentary leaders at the Parliament House in Islamabad today to discuss delimitation of constituencies of the National Assembly.

In their previous meeting, the parliamentary leaders discussed different suggestions to reach an understanding on the bill for new delimitation of constituencies after the census held this year.

The census was held after a gap of almost two decades.

Talking to media after the meeting, the parliamentary leaders of major parties expressed the desire that delay in elections should be avoided.

Speaker National Assembly told that all the parties desire that elections should be held on time.

Speaking on this occasion, PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said polls should be held as per schedule.

Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid briefed the leaders of parliamentary parties over the issues concerning the delimitation of constituencies.

Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had reservations over the bill. Muttahida Qaumi Movement had objected over the census figures for the city of Karachi.

Reportedly, PPP wanted that the matter should be first referred to the Council of Common Interests (CCI) before tabling of the bill in the National Assembly.

Meantime, Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Babar Yaqoob said that the Commission will be able to start its work on new delimitation after notification of results of national census-2017.

In a media briefing, he said that it will not be possible for the ECP to complete its work on review on new electoral rolls and new delimitation in case of delay in publishing of results and providing other relevant details of national census-2017.

He said that holding of general elections was not possible without new delimitations as legally and constitutionally there are hurdles in holding next elections on existing delimitations.

He added existing seats have no legal and constitutional status to have election on them after national census-2017, adding, notification of results of national census-2017 was necessary for this activity. –Samaa

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Story first published: 15th November 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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