MQM challenges delimitation of Karachi constituencies

Published December 4, 2013
— File photo
— File photo

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Wednesday challenged the delimitation of Karachi's constituencies in the Sindh High Court, DawnNews reported.

MQM's senior leader Farooq Sattar and counsel Farogh Nasim approached the SHC regarding the administrative delimitation of constituencies in the city’s districts, South and East.

Speaking to the reporters outside the Sindh High Court, MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar said the new delimitations carried out were against the Constitution.

He suggested that the union councils should comprise of equal population distribution and added that the Union Council was given the status of a Union Committee.

“Some constituencies are given more representation as compared to the others and the delimitations were wrongly carried out for political gains,” claimed Sattar.

Preparations for local bodies elections were previously delayed due to a split between the government and the opposition over the delimitation of constituencies in the city’s South and East districts.

The election schedule was expected to be announced by the ECP on Nov 29, but was delayed after the Sindh government failed to provide updated LG laws, rules and notifications of delimitations of constituencies by Nov 28, the deadline set by the commission for the purpose.

The election schedule for Sindh will now be announced by the ECP on Dec 7.

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