The Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) has announced the challenge of the proposed electoral Delimitations.
Following thorough discussions with legal experts, the party’s leadership is preparing to challenge the delimitation processes in several cities, including Hyderabad, Nawab Shah, Sukkur, Karachi, and Mirpurkhas.
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had previously expressed discontent with the new delimitations. Just last month, the party assembled a legal team spearheaded by the Pakistan Lawyers Forum (PLF) president to contest the electoral boundary changes. This legal challenge underscores the significant concerns surrounding the redrawn constituencies, pointing to a broader issue of political representation.
Towards General Elections: ECP’s Preliminary Steps
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has been proactive in preparation for the forthcoming general elections. The commission released a preliminary list of new delimitations, a critical step forward following the approval from the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and ECP members, based on the 2023 digital census data. This milestone, part of the electoral body’s commitment to ensuring updated and fair representation, was shared on the ECP’s official online platform.
The ECP has further clarified its schedule in the build-up to the elections. It announced the publication of the initial delimitation list by September 27, with plans to release the final list by November 30. These systematic releases underscore the ECP’s intention to maintain transparency and allow sufficient time for any contestations or legal challenges from political stakeholders.
In anticipation of a democratic transition, the ECP confirmed that the general elections are slated for the last week of January 2024, adhering to a 54-day election protocol. This announcement marks the countdown to a significant political event against a backdrop of dynamic electoral reforms and intense political engagement.