CCI meet paves way for timely gen­eral elec­tions

The Gulf Today - - Asia - BY TARIQ BUTT

ISLAMABAD: The last hitch to hold­ing of the 2018 gen­eral elec­tions as per the sched­ule has been re­moved.

The Coun­cil of Com­mon In­ter­ests (CCI) held a ses­sion with Prime Min­is­ter Shahid Khakan Ab­basi and was at­tended by all the chief min­is­ters.

Af­ter the ses­sion, the Pak­istan Peo­ples Party (PPP) an­nounced to sup­port the con­sti­tu­tional bill to pave the way for the de­lim­i­ta­tion of con­stituen­cies based on pro­vi­sional re­sults of the pop­u­la­tion cen­sus 2017 af­ter the Sindh gov­ern­ment con­di­tion­ally agreed on it in the meet­ing of the CCI.

“We will sup­port the bill to hold the elec­tions in time in 2018. Though the gov­ern­ment de­layed ac­cept­ing the PPP de­mand of pre­sent­ing the de­lim­i­ta­tion of con­stituen­cies in the CCI meet­ing, it is bet­ter late than never,” said leader of the op­po­si­tion in the Na­tional Assem­bly Khur­shid Shah said.

Af­ter the CCI meet­ing, Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Sar­dar Ayaz Sadiq sum­moned a meet­ing of the par­lia­men­tary par­ties’ heads on Wed­nes­day to de­cide about the im­me­di­ate ap­proval of the bill in the par­lia­ment.

Shah said that the gov­ern­ment ac­cepted the PPP de­mand to take up the is­sue in the CCI meet­ing as PPP stance was con­sti­tu­tional and in the pub­lic in­ter­ests. He said the PPP al­ways adopted con­sti­tu­tional and pub­lic in­ter­ests stance that would in­crease the pres­tige of the con­sti­tu­tional and demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions. He said that the gov­ern­ment has taken a pos­i­tive step.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Bahrain

© PressReader. All rights reserved.