Islamabad (October 31, 2017): Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that parliamentary parties leaders have agreed not to increase National Assembly seats with the fresh delimitation as per the 6th population census.
Talking to media after presiding over the meeting of parliamentary leaders in the National Assembly over the issue of delimitation of National Assembly constituencies in the light of new census, he said that the leaders had agreed to keep the present strength of National Assembly’s general seats at 272.
He added it was decided the Bill regarding delimitation of National Assembly’s constituencies would be passed in the current session.
He added that delimitation of the constituencies would be carried out as per the provisional results of the census.
He added that after new delimitation the seats of KP, Balochistan and Islamabad in the National Assembly would increase.
Sadiq said that new delimitation would be carried out of only National Assembly’s constituencies.
He added that till Thursday to Friday the National Assembly will pass Bill regarding the delimitation and then it would be sent to Senate for passage.The meeting was held to discuss legal and constitutional matters relating to delimitation of constituencies of the National and Provincial Assemblies ahead of next general elections.
In his opening remarks, the Speaker said the Election Commission of Pakistan has requested the parliament to consider the issue on priority basis so that general elections are not delayed on this account.
He said Secretaries of Law, Statistics and Election Commission as well as representatives of NADRA have been invited for the meeting for their input.
Minister for Law Zahid Hamid briefed the parliamentary leaders on different aspects of delimitation.