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PPP, PTI reject ECP’s decision to hold fresh delimitations

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LAHORE (Web Desk) – Major political parties including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan People Party (PPP) Tuesday rejected the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to hold fresh delimitations.

Following the ECP’s decision to undertake new demarcation, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) rejected the idea and announced it would challenge the Council of Common Interest’s (CCI) decision to notify the new census in the Supreme Court.

The party spokesperson alleged that the schedule for the delimitation issued by the ECP was “malicious and a clear deviation from the Constitution”.

The party added that if the National Assembly (NA) was dissolved before the completion of its tenure the Constitution clearly states that the ECP is bound to hold polls within 90 days.

In light of the decision of the CCI, the formation of new constituencies cannot be used as a justification to escape election, the former ruling party further said, adding, a “major irregularity” was committed in the CCI meeting when “illegal caretaker chief ministers of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” attended the meeting.

PTI also alleged that due to the PTI’s rising popularity, people were deprived of the right to vote. As per the schedule, the new delimitation of constituencies nationwide will be notified in December this year.

The ECP schedule showed that fresh delimitation will take nearly four months, meaning the general elections in the country cannot be held within 90 days of the dissolution of the provincial and national assemblies.

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