ISLAMABAD - Parliamentary leaders in the National Assembly on Wednesday finalised the draft of Constitutional Amendment Bill for fresh delimitation of constituencies as per recent census.

Leaders of parliamentary parties have finalised the draft of Constitutional Amendment Bill for delimitation of constituencies on the basis of the provisional results of census 2017, the NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq announced.

The speaker, while briefing the media after the second round of the meeting of the parliamentary parties, told media that all party heads had agreed upon a draft bill for fresh delimitation, which would soon be presented in the NA for approval.

He said that as per yesterday’s decision, it was agreed that the overall constituencies of the NA would remain 272.

The speaker said that under new delimitation, overall seats of the Punjab would decrease by nine.

Of them, five will go to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, three to Balochistan and one to the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), while there will be no change in the overall seats of Sindh, and the Fata.

He said one constituency would consist of roughly 780,000 population.

Sadiq said that all parties had unanimously agreed to the bill and would vote for it in the NA when it would be tabled.

He said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would initiate the process of delimitation and the general elections would be held according to the latest census results.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice President Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that following the fresh delimitation, one NA seat would be decreased from the following areas of the Punjab: Kasur, Okara, Sahiwal, Attock, Sheikhupura, and Pakpattan.

He said that the PTI had decided in the consultative meeting that the general elections needed to be held on time.

Although according to the speaker during the meeting there existed consensus over the whole matter of delimitation but some expressed reservations.

Opposition leader Khurshid Shah said that his party still had reservations over the census results. He said delimitation was a separate subject.

Final census results to be issued by May 2018: Bajwa

Online adds: Chief Census Commissioner Asif Bajwa has said that final results of the population census will be issued in April or May next year.

Briefing the newsmen here on Wednesday, he said that results of circle level census will be handed over to the Election Commission after the passage for Constitutional Amendment by the Parliament so that the Election Commission could be able to revise the constituencies in accordance with the new results of the census. He said the results of the census at the level of Tahsil and Districts have been issued.

He said that a special briefing has been organised on Thursday (today) for the politicians and officials from Baluchistan to give them details about the fresh census.

He said that the next elections in 2018 will be conducted on the basis of the final results of the census, which will be finalised well before the completion of the tenure of the present Assemblies.