ECP issues final list of 266 NA, 593 PAs constituencies

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued on Saturday the final list of 266 National Assembly (NA) constituencies and 593 constituencies of provincial assemblies (PAs).

In a statement, the ECP said a copy of the final delimitation of any constituency could be obtained from the commission’s secretariat in Islamabad.

The ECP has issued the final list around two months after it issued a preliminary one, in which it had revised down NA seats from 342 to 336.

In the preliminary delimitation, the ECP had decreased the number of NA general seats from 272 to 266 as per the law. Women and minority seats were unchanged at 60 and 10, respectively. The reduction in the number of seats was because 12 seats allocated to Fata which was merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in 2018 after the 25th constitutional amendment — under the Musharraf regime were abolished and six seats were allocated to KP based on its population. As for the provinces, Punjab was allotted 141 general seats in the NA, Sindh 61, KP 45, and Balochistan 16. Islamabad was given three seats.

An NA constituency in KP was demarcated at 788,933 people, Islamabad 667,789, Punjab 780,069, Sindh 784,500, and Balochistan 77,946.

The preliminary list was issued in line with the schedule announced by the ECP in April, days after the electoral watchdog had expressed the inability to conduct general elections before October. According to the schedule, training was to be provided to delimitation committees between April 20 and 24. Chief secretaries and provincial election commissioners were to provide required maps and documents for demarcation, including description of districts, tehsils etc, by April 26 and preliminary delimitations will be published on May 28.

People would then present their objections and recommendations to the ECP on the initial delimitation from May 29 to June 28, the ECP had decided, adding that it would hear and decide all objections from July 1 to July 30 and the final list of constituencies would be published on August 3.

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