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RAWALPINDI: Polls for electing a new Electoral College on the basis of adult franchise will be held throughout the country between Sept 1 and 20, 1969, and the Electoral College will be constituted on Oct 20, one month before the expiry of the life of the present one.

The new Electoral College will elect the President and the National and Provincial Assemblies. The dates for the presidential elections, due in 1970, have yet to be finalised.

The Chief Election Commissioner Mr N.A. Faruqui told a Press conference here this morning [Jan 13] that the provincial election authorities have been reconstituted, and the programme for the various stages involved in the delimitation of electoral units, revision of electoral rolls and conduct of elections — keeping in view the requirements of the recently passed law enlarging the strength of the Electoral College from 80,000 to 1,20,000 — has been finalised.

Mr Faruqui said the Election Commission did not have the latest population figures of the country and as elections were to be held before the next census, the two provincial Governments had been asked to prepare and furnish estimates of population.

Published in Dawn, January 14th, 2018