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Increase in parliamentary seats post-census worries PML-N, PPP-P

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    LAHORE: The post-census increase in parliament’s seats is haunting the government and the opposition as both sides are engaged in an informal dialogue to develop a seemingly “impossible” consensus on what the Pakistan Peoples Party-Parliamentarians calls a delicate issue.

    A source privy to the development told Dawn that both the PML-N and PPP-P have reservations regarding the seat increase.

    According to the source, if the PPP-P is apprehensive about an “imbalance” in the urban-rural divide in Sindh, a group in the PML-N thinks it is “unmanageable” as at least 40 per cent of new faces are likely to be introduced against the increased seats in Punjab.

    The source added that during the informal dialogue, the PPP-P was offered that any increase in the urban seats won’t be made at the cost of rural ones. In other words, the rural seats won’t be reduced even if the census records a decrease in the rural population.

    “This is a delicate issue and will depend on two things,” said PPP-P secretary general Farhatullah Babar.

    “First, whether and how the headcount of a large number of people in rural Sindh (with no Computerised National Identity Cards) is carried out. Second, where people from other parts of the country living and working in Karachi are lumped in the headcount,” he added.

    A PML-N leader, who is part of the ongoing dialogue, claimed that the issue might be resolved like in Balochistan which was exempted from the formula applied in other parts of the country. In certain areas of Balochistan, a population of a few thousands is fixed for demarcating a constituency.

    He admitted that a group in the ruling party was worried about the population increase that might be recorded in the census as it might lead to a 40pc increase in parliamentary seats if the present formula for carving out a constituency, a population of 400,000 to 500,000 for a National Assembly seat in Punjab, is to be adopted.

    The group, he explained, was apprehensive that such a large number of new “electables” might not be managed.

    Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, who also counsels the central leadership in legal and technical affairs, denied this. He argued that the party had managed more than 70pc candidates in the previous polls. He added that it won’t be difficult for them to manage 40pc more.

    Consensus
    Developing a consensus among all stakeholders will be a real task as the seat increase will not happen automatically after the census.

    As the total number of seats and their distribution among federating units as well as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) is fixed in Article 51 of the Constitution only parliament is empowered to amend the basic law. Any other institution, including the Election Commission (ECP), cannot act on its own to increase the seats post census.

    Former ECP secretary Kanwar Dilshad explained that in the absence of a constitutional amendment, the commission was empowered only to adjust the extra population pointed out in the latest census in the existing constituencies.

    The total new population of a province would be divided by the total number of seats allocated to it in the constitution for fixing strength of population for each constituency, he said.

    For the adjustment too, the ECP would have to wait for a formal notification from the statistics division before embarking on the re-demarcation process, he added.

    Politicians are well aware of the difficulties to be faced in increasing the seats and are discussing and framing their stances in informal gatherings.

    Mr Babar said the step would require constitutional amendments as well as simple legislation “that will not be so easy”.

    Mr Sanaullah thinks that it will be more difficult than developing a consensus on the National Finance Commission (NFC) award, which distributes financial resources among provinces.

    The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, which has not yet been taken into the loop about the informal dialogue between the PML-N and PPP-P, is also informally working on the subject.

    “Though the government or any other party has not approached us for the purpose, we are informally discussing our likely policy,” said PTI’s central leader Shafqat Mahmood.

    He pointed out that the issue was more sensitive in the perspective of Baloch and Pakhtun divide in Balochistan and urban-rural split in Sindh. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa too will have its own reservations as a sizable chunk of its population works in Punjab and Sindh, he added.

    Published in Dawn, April 15th, 2017
     
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    PML-N will not worry much apart from temporary headache. But PPP is worried because in proper democracy Karachi should have half the seats after next census depending on census.
     
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    Not surpried at N league insistence on rural seats coz they know that unlike urban areas people in rural areas tend to vote on Biradari base.
     
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    https://www.dawn.com/news/1327113

    Its not just N-league ppp is more worried about decrease in rural population since all its main leaders get elected from interior sindh.
     
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    It will effect MQM as well with new census new Ridings plus new delimitations .
     
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    Yeah same goes for PPP.It is no more party of ZAB. Anyways in the next election I'm not gonna vote for either of them.Although I don't agree with Imran Khan's dharna stunts but in my opinion he deserves a chance and i'm gonna vote for him in next election.This is going to be the first time for me to vote so i'm pretty excited.
     
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    If you are based in Karachi then make sure you are able to vote.


    I have tried voting twice and both times I have been told "sir apka vote tou dal gaya"


    This will give you an insight in how MQM has consistently won from the city.
     
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    Nah man I'm from rural Punjab.And my vote is registered.I have checked it.
     
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    the estimated population of Pakistan is 194 millions ( 19.4 Karor) out of which 14,874,104 ( 1.4 karor) people voted PMLn ( including fake votes) ... because of the foolishness of 1 voter ... rest of 18 are also facing the wind .. in a country where people cost their vote for the plate of biryani ... what is future of democracy ???? those countries where literacy rate is high and people know the power of their vote democracy produced good results.. but our country is not yet ready for it... during last 10 years people have tried both leading parties but the issues are still the same... our current political system will bring the same faces again and again ... and as usual we will keep posting the same stories on and on ...
     
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    Seats should be increased after census, this will make things interesting. They will have bring new faces.

    I can already see PPP making huge controversy, they will not allow fair distribution of seats in Sindh.
     
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    Still PML N gonna win Election 2018