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Election Commission Stands Firm For Holding Elections On Time

The Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday has said that General Polls of 2018 will be held on time.
According to the spokesman, Election Commision held a meeting to review the judgment of the Islamabad High Court declaring delimitation of four constituencies as void.
Yesterday, Islamabad High Court had declared the delimitations of eight districts including six from Punjab and two from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa void.
Justice Umar Farooq, while announcing the verdict on a petition against the delimitations, declared void delimitations of districts Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Jhang, Chakwal, Toba Tek Singh, Lower Dir, and Battagram.The population proportion must be considered for the new delimitations, the court ordered.
The court announced verdicts on 40 petitions of the 108 complaints lodged against delimitations.
Justice Amir Farooq pronounced the judgement on more than 40 identical petitions declaring the delimitations of Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Jhang, Jhelum, Chakwal, Toba Tek Singh, Lower Dir and Batgram void.
The judgement further ordered the ECP to follow the rules for the proportion of the population that have been followed in the delimitation of other constituencies.The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had faced severe criticism from political circles. A committee of the National Assembly (NA) had previously expressed its displeasure at the non-transparency of the exercise.
The ECP follows a set formula for the number of provincial and NA seats that a district is allotted. However, the final mapping within the districts remains unclear and open to controversy.