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ECP orders suspension of delimitation work in Sindh

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KARACHI: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday ordered suspension of delimitation of constituencies for local councils elections in Sindh, ARY News reported.

The ECP heard a petition filed by Peoples Party’s Sindh chief Nisar Khuhro and Taj Haider in the election commission today.

The election commission after hearing of the petition suspended delimitation of constituencies in the province.

The ECP had earlier issued a schedule for delimitation of constituencies for local government elections in Sindh from September 09.

The Sindh government has demanded fresh delimitation of constituencies with release of final figures of the population census.

In a previous meeting chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, it was observed, “The data of the population census is a fundamental factor for delimitation of constituencies.”

“Government publication of the population census is necessary for the delimitation process”, the ECP session concluded.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah earlier said that the process of delimitation under the law, could be initiated after approval of the census results by the Council of Common Interest (CCI).

PPP had recently said that local government elections in Sindh could not take place until a final notification of the population census, carried out in 2017, be issued.

Nisar Khuhro after attending a meeting of the ECP on local government elections earlier said that the commission was informed that even carrying out delimitation of constituencies before publication of the final report of the census was unlawful.

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