Senate postpones vote on delimitation bill

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate yesterday decided to postpone the bill for delimitation of constituencies until Monday due to low expected strength in the house, sources informed media. At least 69 votes are required to get the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2017 approved, which pertains to the fresh delimitation of constituencies in line with the provisional results of the latest census in light of the general elections next year. The upper house, however, managed to pass on Friday the Elections Amendment Bill, 2017, related to Khatam-e-Nabuwat clauses for voters, after the National Assembly (NA) did the same on Thursday. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi contacted Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah in view of seeking the Pakistan Peoples Party’s support for today’s vote in the Senate. Shah informed media that he told the premier that he can convey his message to the party leadership and requested that the premier give him the request in writing so the party can have a consultation over it. This Monday, voting on the bill was adjourned as only 22 members were present in the house, whereas the bill required the presence of 69 members for its passage.

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