Senate passes bill for delimitation of constituencies

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Tuesday handed the constitutional modification to believe provisional effects of census 2017 to make delimitation of constituencies, paving the best way for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold out recent delimitation of constituencies forward of the following common elections.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed introduced the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 aimed for delimitation of constituencies which used to be handed with more than two 3rd majority votes.

A complete of 84 Senators voted in want of the bill and one lawmaker hostile it.

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The bill will lower 9 National Assembly seats (7 basic and two ladies seats) of probably the most populous Punjab province and can building up 5 seats (4 basic and ladies seats )of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 3 seats of the most important province of Balochistan (two basic, one ladies seats) and one of federal capital.

The quantity of NA seats for Sindh province and FATA will stay the similar.

A complete of 82 individuals within the House of 104 individuals voted in prefer of the movement to give the bill.

The parliamentarians forged 84 votes in favour of the modification, which required 69 to move with a two-thirds majority in the home of 104.

The House used to be requested for department prior to passage of the bill and 84 lawmakers voted in prefer of the bill and one lawmaker adverse it.

The Bill seeks to hold out recent delimitation of constituencies at the foundation of formally revealed census effects.

It asks to permit delimitation for the General Elections 2018 at the foundation of the provisional effects of the sixth Population and Housing Census 2017. The modification sought in Article 51 (five) will permit re-allocating seats as according to provisional end result of census.

The present Article 51 (five) calls for that the “seats within the National Assembly will be allotted to each and every Province, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and the Federal Capital at the foundation of inhabitants in line with the remaining previous census formally published�.

However, this bill will permit having delimitation at the foundation of provisional end result of census.

It is to say that National Assembly has already handed the bill by 242-1 vote on November 16, 2017. 

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