Islamabad (November 01, 2017): The meeting of parliamentary parties’ leaders in the National Assembly will be held again today to discuss the constitutional amendment and legislation relating to delimitation of constituencies for next general elections.
Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will preside over the second meeting of leaders of the Parliamentary Parties.
The meeting will further discuss the reallocation of seats in the National Assembly for the next general elections.Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid, Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal and Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique will also attend the meeting.
During yesterday meeting, the parliamentary parties leaders had decided that the strength of 272 members of the National Assembly will be retained, but the its provincial makeup against the backdrop of the newly-conducted census would be changed.
It was decided that the number of seats for Punjab will decrease by nine, which will add to the strength of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while an additional seat would be allocated to Islamabad.
The re-composition of the National Assembly was necessary after the census 2017.
“The number of seats will remain the same. There will be a change in the allocation of seats for the provinces,” Sadiq had told reporters after the meeting.Punjab will cede nine seats, including seven general and two reserved for women. Of the nine seats, four general seats and one reserved for women will go to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while Balochistan will see an increase of two general seats and one for women.
There will be one additional seat for the Islamabad Capital Territory while Sindh and the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) will see no change to their strength. Currently, the ICT has two seats which would now become three.Speaking to the media, the speaker elaborated that the parliamentary leaders had decided in principle to retain the seats of the National Assembly. He said the data for delimitation at tehsil level would be received on Wednesday (today) and another meeting would be held.
“All agree that the seats should not be increased,” the speaker said. “The number of seats for Punjab will decrease, K-P and Balochistan will see an increase, and an additional seat would be allocated to Islamabad,” he added.