ECP, govt fail to reach consensus

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the Sindh administration are divided over the implementation of the Supreme Court order for the delimitation of constituencies in Karachi, sources said on Thursday.

The sources told The News that at a meeting the ECP and the provincial administration had failed to reach a consensus on the issue of redrawing the city’s constituencies.

Insiders said both sides had decided to consult a third stakeholder, political parties, on Friday (today).

The sources said the government thought delimitation was the ECP’s job and conveyed to it that it could not interfere in its jurisdiction.

They a senior bureaucrat had walked out of a meeting on the jurisdiction issue.

Now representatives of the PPP, MQM, PML-N, PML-Q, PML-F, ANP, JI, JUP, JUI-F, Sunni Tehreek, Tehreek-e-Insaaf and others have been invited to Friday’s meeting.

The city administration has taken the stand that the situation will become difficult if any changes are made in the constituencies at this stage, and warned that the elections will also be affected.

The meeting was attended by Secretary ECP Ishtiaq Ali Khan, provincial election commissioner Sono Khan, the city commissioner, five deputy commissioners, and representatives of Nadra. The chief secretary presided over the meeting.