Panel formed to redraw constituencies in city


    Imtiaz Ali

    Sunday, April 15, 2012


    The Sindh government on Saturday formed a committee for the creation of new delimitations in Karachi in light of a Supreme Court judgment.

    The committee is expected to submit its proposals within the next 15 days.

    Last year, the Supreme Court had issued a detailed judgment on the issue of targeted killings in Karachi. The judgment ordered the creation of new delimitations to prevent political polarisation and to break the cycle of ethnic strife and turf war. Additionally, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was directed to initiate the process of creating new delimitations.

    The committee that is to overlook this process was formed during a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Sindh Raja Muhammad Abbas. Provincial election commissioner Sono Khan Baloch, Karachi’s additional inspector general of police Akhtar Gorchani, deputy commissioners and other senior officials were also in attendance.

    The officials discussed the creation of delimitations on the pattern of police stations and districts, and stressed the importance of ensuring homogeneity in the delimitations.

    However, informed sources told The News that the Delimitation of Constituencies Act, 1974, had laid down a number of stipulations for the delimitations of constituencies.

    The sources explained that these stipulations gave tremendous importance to certain socio-demographic factors such as populations inhabiting geographically compact areas, existing boundaries of administrative units and facilities of communication and public convenience.

    The source also revealed that, according to a report recently prepared by the Election Commission of Pakistan, for at least five seats of the National Assembly and six seats of the provincial assembly from Karachi, constituencies overlapped district boundaries.

    As per the last population census, which was carried out in 1998, Sindh has a population of 30,439,893 with a total of 61 seats in the National Assembly. Meanwhile, there were 130 provincial assembly seats with an average population per PA seat at 234,153.

    The 1998 census lists Karachi as having a population of 9,856,318, with a total of 20 NA seats and 42 PA seats.