Elections 2018 may get delayed: Report

Elections 2018 may get delayed: Report

ISLAMABAD: Election 2018 may get delayed as both government and the opposition have severely objected to initial delimitation issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The ECP on March 5 issued the initial delimitation of national and provincial assemblies on the basis of the population census carried out late last year.

ECP has assured that final delimitation will be complete by May 5 and elections would be held on time. However analysts believe that subsequent petitions in High Courts and appeals in Supreme Court over delimitation may prolong the matter.

A special parliamentary committee, headed by Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed and formed to mull over the issue, rejected the initial draft and said delimitation should be according to voter lists.

Peshawar is no longer NA-1, and the number has been allocated to Chitral

Delimitation in various constituencies have not been done in a clockwise fashion starting from the north, the committee said.

ECP secretary in his briefing to the committee said delimitation was done according to law. He admitted that there could be errors and assured the lawmakers that they will be done away with.