Senate approved delimitation constitutional amendment

The Senate on Tuesday passed the constitutional amendment to consider provisional results of census 2017 to make delimitation of constituencies, paving the way for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to carry out fresh delimitation of constituencies ahead of the next general elections. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed presented the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 aimed for delimitation of constituencies which was passed with more than two third majority votes.A total of 84 Senators voted in favor of the bill and one lawmaker opposed it.

The bill will decrease nine National Assembly seats (7 general and two women seats) of the most populous Punjab province and will increase five seats (four general and women seats )of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, three seats of the largest province of Baluchistan (two general, one women seats) and one of federal capital.

The number of NA seats for Sindh province and FATA will remain the same.

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