FAFEN’s Review of Preliminary Report of the Delimitation and List of Constituencies for National and Provincial Assemblies

ISLAMABAD, June 17, 2022: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is delimiting the constituencies for elections to the National and Provincial Assemblies after the official publication of the results of 6th Population and Housing Census 2017. The latest exercise was compelled by the effect of Section 17(2) of the Elections Act, which stipulates that the Commission shall delimit constituencies after every census officially published. Last general elections (GE) were held on the electoral delimitation conducted on the basis of provisional census results under a one-time arrangement provided in the Constitution (25th Amendment) Act, 2018. However, these delimitations could only be used for the purposes of GE-2018 and subsequent by-elections. The ECP initiated the processes for fresh delimitation in April 2022 and published the preliminary report of delimitation of National and Provincial Assembly constituencies on May 31, 2022 as per Section 21 of the Elections Act, 2017.

FAFEN’s review of the Preliminary Report of Delimitation and the List of Constituencies aims to furnish initial recommendations for improvement in the quality of delimitations as well as to encourage an informed public discourse on this critical aspect of the electoral process in Pakistan.

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