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Senate to take up Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017 today

ISLAMABAD: The Senate is expected to take up the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2017 on Monday.

The House had failed to ensure the number of lawmakers to vote on the bill on Friday. The House of 104 needed a two-thirds majority to pass the bill whereas less than 50 lawmakers were present in the House on Friday.

However, the Senate had unanimously passed the Elections Amendment Bill 2017 on Friday, aimed at restoring the clauses pertaining to Khatm-e-Nabuwwat to their original form and make sections relating to the Ahmedi minority community more effective.

The Constitutional Amendment Bill pertains to the fresh delimitation of constituencies in line with the provisional results of the latest census in light of the general elections next year.

According to the new delimitation, Punjab’s seat share in the National Assembly will decrease by nine seats, while Islamabad will get one more seat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa five and Balochistan three more.

NA seats for FATA and Sindh will remain unchanged.

Earlier, NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had said after chairing a meeting of parliamentary parties that the total NA seats will remain 272 but there would be a change in the allocation of NA seats for the provinces.

On November 13, the Council of Common Interests (CCI) approved delimitation of new constituencies on the basis of provisional results of Population Census 2017, paving a way for timely conduct of next general elections.

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