Preparations for the next general elections have begun, with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announcing that an initial list of constituency delimitations in the country would be revealed on May 24.
According to the ECP’s statement, the delimitation procedure for national and provincial assemblies will continue until August 03. As the commission explained, “the training procedure for committees involved in the delimitation process is currently underway, and all relevant data has been obtained from relevant institutions.”
The initial delimitation would be finished by May 24 and publicized by May 28, according to the statement, which also stated that appeals on the delimitation might be lodged between May 29 and June 28, depending on the circumstances.
The ECP stated that the appeals would be reviewed between July 1 and July 30 and that a final list of delimitations would be released on August 3.
It is important to add here that the Supreme Court of Pakistan recently dismissed a petition filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) challenging delimitation decisions made by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The registrar of the Supreme Court returned the PTI petition after voicing concerns that the petitioner had not contacted the appropriate forum for the resolution of the issue in the first instance.
The petition was submitted straight before the Supreme Court despite the fact that the petitioner had an opportunity to address the issue in a lower court, according to the registrar, who also stated that the petition did not include any relevant certificates.