Centre decides to address Sindh's reservations over census results
ISLAMABAD: The federal government decided in the Council of Common Interests (CCI) meeting on Monday to address Sindh’s reservations over the population census 2017 by agreeing to have the provisional results of certain blocks in the province verified by a third party.
The meeting was presided over by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. The chief ministers of the four provinces, the interior minister, the industries minister and secretaries of various departments were present there.
Election Commission of Pakistan officials told the participants of the meeting that conducting the general elections in 2018 on the basis of the 1988 census would be impossible.
The chief ministers of Punjab and Sindh expressed their reservations over the results of the latest census.
Sindh Chief Minister MuradAli Shah said if the results were verified by a neutral third party, the province would accept its findings.
The prime minister agreed to have the results of specific census blocks in Sindh verified, after which the province supported the bill for fresh delimitation of constituencies in accordance with the latest population figures.
After the meeting, the prime minister’s assistant Musadik Malik told reporters that the fresh delimitation of constituencies had been approved in the CCI meeting.