The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has released the preliminary list of delimitations for the upcoming general elections, as approved by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and ECP members. This step follows the use of digital census data from 2023 to determine the new delimitations.
For the National Assembly (NA), the voter quota has been set as follows: 905,595 for Punjab province, 913,000 for Sindh, 907,913 for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 930,900 for Balochistan, and 787,954 for Islamabad.
In the case of the Punjab Assembly, the voter quota stands at 429,929, for the Sindh Assembly it is 428,431, for the KP Assembly, it’s 355,270, and for the Balochistan Assembly, it’s 292,047.
The process will proceed as follows: Objections against the delimitations can be filed from September 27 to October 26. The ECP will address these objections from October 28 to November 26. The hearing on pleas against the delimitations will be conducted until November 25. The final delimitations will be unveiled on November 30.
After the final delimitations are published, an election schedule spanning 54 days will be announced, with general polls set to take place in the first week of January 2024.
The announcement of the election date comes after the ECP faced pressure from political parties. The electoral body also scheduled a meeting with political parties to discuss the code of conduct for the upcoming general elections next month.