KP’s NA seats rise to 55 as ECP unveils final list of constituencies

  • Notification says final delimitation list based on Census 2023
  • Electoral watchdog seeks assets details of three interim federal ministers

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) published the final delimitation list of constituencies for national and provincial assemblies, brightening further the prospect of February 8, 2024 general elections in the country.

According to the ECP notification, the final delimitation list of constituencies has based on the 7th Population and Housing Census 2023.

As per the notification, the National Assembly has a total of 266 general seats, 10 reserved seats for non-Muslims and 60 reserved seats for women – taking the total number of 336.

In the NA, Balochistan has a total of 20 seats, including 16 general and four res­erved seats for women; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has 45 general seats and 10 reserved seats for women; Sindh has a total of 75 NA seats and of these, 61 are general and remaining 14 are reserved for women; while in Punjab, there are 141 general seats and 32 seats reserved for women.

The federal capital has three general seats in the National Assembly with no reserved seat for women.

Karachi gains one NA and three PA seats; six tribal districts added to KP’s NA tally.

The ECP explained that keeping in view the seats allocated to the provinces and their population, their quota was worked out on the basis of which seats were allocated to each district under rule 8(2) following which, keeping in view the population of the districts and the number of their seats, the delimitation was carried out.”

Four Provincial Assemblies

In the provincial legislatures, Balochistan comprises 51 general seats, 11 reserved for women and three for non-Muslims, bringing the total number to 65.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa consists of 115 general seats, 26 seats reserved for women and four seats for non-Muslims and the total number of seats of the legislature stands at 145.

Sindh consists of 130 general seats, whereas 29 seats are reserved for women and nine seats for non-Muslims and the total number of seats is 168.

Punjab comprises as many as 297 general seats, 66 reserved for women and eight for non-Muslims. The total strength of the provincial legislature is 371 seats.

Hence, the total number of general seats of all the four assemblies is 593 – 132 seats reserved for women and 24 reserved seats for non-Muslims.

In changes Sanghar lost one of its three seats

In the final delimitation notification, the number of National Assembly seats for Karachi South has increased from two to three, while Sanghar has lost one of its three seats.

In addition, Malir, Karachi East and Karachi Central have got one additional provincial assembly seat each. The provincial assembly seats of Malir have increased from five to six, while the number of seats for Karachi East and Karachi Central has increased from eight to nine each.

Likewise, Khairpur, Sanghar and Thatta have lost one provincial seat each. The provincial assembly seats of Khairpur have come down from seven to six, Sanghar’s seats from six to five and Thatta’s seats from three to two.

The addition of six tribal districts have taken KP’s NA tally from 39 to 45. Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, North Waziristan, South Waziristan and Kurram have gained NA seats, while Tank’s separate seat has been merged with Dera Ismail Khan.

This addition was possible because the consitutional amendment that gave cover to this move was passed when the tribal districts were initially merged into the province.

ECP seeks asset details of three interim federal ministers

The Election Commission of Pakistan on Friday sought assets details of three interim federal ministers.

The Election Commission has written a letter to the Secretary of Cabinet Division, asked for details of assets of three caretaker federal ministers.

In the letter, details of assets of Aviation, Establishment and Minister of State for Finance have been requested. The commission called upon the secretary to furnish its request as soon as possible.

The ECP directed to submit details of the assets of three ministers including Air Marshal (r) Farhat Hussain, Ahmed Cheema, and Dr Waqar Mehsud.

 

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