ISLAMABAD: The Senate is to table 24th Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017 today (Wednesday) after it failed to hold voting on the bill in last two sessions due to lack of quorum.
The bill pertains to fresh delimitation of the constituencies in accordance with the provincial results of the latest census for upcoming General Elections in 2018.
The bill was earlier tabled in upper house of the parliament on Friday but it could not be passed due to lack of quorum.
Subsequently, the voting on the bill was again adjourned amid presence of 22 senators on Monday. The house of 104 needed a two-thirds majority – 69 senators – to pass the bill.
PM Abbasi seeks PPP help
According to sources, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has approached Opposition leader of National Assembly Khursheed Shah to convince Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) senators to ensure their presence in the senate session today.
Shah assured PM Abbasi of conveying his message to the top leadership. However, the opposition leader asked the premier to make the request in writing so that the party can have a consultation over it, sources added.
In light of Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017, Punjab is to lose nine seats in the National Assembly while Islamabad will get one, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa five, and Balochistan three more seats.
However, the NA seats for FATA and Sindh will remain unchanged.
The amendments have been made in line with the provincial census results.
Earlier, NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had said the total number of NA seats will remain unchanged after amendments; however, there would be a change in allocation of seats for the provinces.
Previously on Nov 13, the Council of Common Interests (CCI) approved delimitation of new constituencies on the basis of provisional results of Population Census 2017, paving the way for timely conduct of next general elections.