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PPP Backtrack on Support for Delimitation of Constituencies

Islamabad (November 03, 2017): The passage of a proposed constitutional amendment regarding reallocation of National Assembly seats among provinces was delayed on Thursday amid resistance from the Pakistan Peoples’ Party Parliamentarian (PPPP).

Earlier on Wednesday, a special parliamentary committee had unanimously approved the draft bill in this regard and decided to introduce it in the National Assembly on Thursday.

However, when the bill was introduced by Law Minister Zahid Hamid in the lower house of the Parliament on Thursday, the PPPP raised objections over the legislation.

Syed Naveed Qamar of PPPP recommended that first the approval of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) should be sought before making any amendment into the constitution as the matter had not been discussed at the CCI earlier.

 “We will oppose the bill if it is not sent to the CCI,” he said. Delimitation of constituencies of the national and provincial assemblies is mandatory under the fresh census. The government has decided that it will keep the present 272 seats intact in the National Assembly. A constitutional amendment is required with a two-third majority for delimitation of constituencies.

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