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ECP releases final list of constituencies, NA general seats reduced to 266 from 272

ECP releases final list of constituencies, NA general seats reduced to 266 from 272
December 1, 2023 Web Desk

ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday released the final list of constituencies derived from the 7th Population and Housing Census 2023 for the upcoming general elections.

According to the notification issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan, the number of general seats in the National Assembly has been reduced from 272 to 266. The 12 seats originally designated for elsewhere FATA have been abolished, with six seats reallocated to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa based on population. The ECP reports that the National Assembly will have 266 constituencies for general seats, and there will be 593 constituencies for general seats in the provincial assemblies nationwide.

According to the finalized constituencies, Islamabad is allocated three general seats in the National Assembly, Punjab will have 141 general seats, and the Provincial Assembly is set to have 297 general seats. Sindh is designated 61 general seats in the National Assembly and 130 in the Provincial Assembly. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is allotted 45 general seats in the National Assembly and 115 in the Provincial Assembly. Meanwhile, Balochistan holds 16 general seats in the National Assembly and 51 in the Provincial Assembly.

As outlined by the Election Commission, the National Assembly will include 60 seats for women and 10 reserved seats for minorities. The total membership of the National Assembly will be 336, comprising 266 general seats. Providing specifics on reserved seats for women, the election commission stated that the National Assembly will allocate 32 seats for women from Punjab, 14 from Sindh, 10 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and four from Balochistan.

Punjab

Providing a breakdown of the 141 general seats in Punjab, the final list of constituencies issued by the Election Commission indicates that Attock district will have two National Assembly seats, Rawalpindi will have six, and Rawalpindi and Murree combined will have one National Assembly seat.

Likewise, Chakwal is allocated 1 National Assembly seat, while Talagang and Chakwal combined will have 1 seat. Jhelum will hold 2 seats, and Gujarat will have 4 National Assembly seats. Wazirabad and Hafizabad will each have 1 seat, Mandi Bahauddin will have 2, Sialkot 5, Narowal 2, and Gujranwala 5 seats. Similarly, Sargodha is set to have 5 National Assembly seats, Khushab 2, Mianwali 2, while both Bhakkar and Chiniot will each have 2 seats. Faisalabad will account for 10 National Assembly seats, Toba Tek Singh 3, Jhang 3, Nankana Sahib 2, and Sheikhupura 4.

Lahore has been allocated 14 seats in the National Assembly, Kasur 4, Okara 4, Pakpattan 2, Sahiwal 3, Khanewal 4, and Multan will have 6 National Assembly seats. The number of National Assembly seats for Lodhran will be 2, Vehari 4, Bahawalnagar 4 and Bahawalpur 5 while Rahim Yar Khan will have 6, Muzaffargarh 4, Kot Addu 2, Liyyah 2 and Taunsa will have one seat.

According to the conclusive list of constituencies issued by the Election Commission, Dera Ghazi Khan is assigned 3 National Assembly seats, while Rajanpur is also allocated 3 seats.

Sindh

Sindh province is allocated 61 general seats in the National Assembly. The final constituency list indicates that Jacobabad district in Sindh will have 1 National Assembly seat, with Jacobabad and Kashmore jointly forming 1 constituency. Shikarpur will be represented by 1 National Assembly seat, and combined, Kashmore and Shikarpur will share 1 seat. Additionally, Larkana and Qanbar Shahdadkot will jointly hold 2 National Assembly seats. Ghotki, Sukkur, and Khairpur will each have 3 National Assembly seats, while Noshehro Feroze and Shaheed Benazirabad will both have 2 seats. Sanghar is allocated 2 National Assembly seats, Mirpur Khas 2, Umarkot 1, and Tharparkar will have 2 seats. The final constituency list indicates that Matiari, Tando Allahyar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Sajawal, Thatta, and Jamshoro will each hold 1 National Assembly seat. Hyderabad is set to have 3 seats, while Badin and Dadu will each have 2 seats in the National Assembly.

According to the final list of constituencies from the Election Commission, Malir district in Karachi will have 3 National Assembly seats, Korangi 3, Karachi East 4, and Karachi South 4 seats. Kemari will be represented by 2 seats, Karachi West 3, and Karachi Central is designated 4 National Assembly seats.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will have 45 general seats in the National Assembly. According to the Election Commission’s final list of new constituencies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, there will be 1 seat each for Lower and Upper Chitral, 3 for Swat, 1 for Upper Dir, and 2 for Lower Dir. Additionally, Bajaur, Malakand, Buner, Shangla, and Battagram will each have 1 seat. Upper Kohistan, Lower Kohistan, and Kolai Pass Kohistan will collectively have 1 seat. Mansehra will have 1 seat, and Mansehra and Toor Ghar will share 1 seat in the National Assembly. Abbottabad is allocated 2 National Assembly seats, Haripur 1, Swabi 2, and Mardan will have 3 National Assembly seats. Charsadda will have 2 seats, Khyber 1, and Mohmand is designated 1 seat in the National Assembly.

According to the Election Commission, Peshawar will have 5 National Assembly seats, Noshehra 2, and Kohat 1. Hangu and Orakzai are each assigned 1 seat in the National Assembly, while Kurram, Karak, Bannu, North Waziristan, and Lakki Marwat will also have 1 seat each. Upper and Lower South Waziristan are designated 1 seat, while Tank and Dera Ismail Khan will jointly hold 1 National Assembly Constituency. Additionally, Dera Ismail Khan will independently have 2 National Assembly seats.

Balochistan

Balochistan has been allocated 16 general seats in the National Assembly. As per the Election Commission’s list of new constituencies in Balochistan, there will be 1 National Assembly Constituency comprising Shirani, Zhob, Qila Saifullah. Musakhel, Barkhan, Loralai, and Daki will each have 1 National Assembly seat. Ziarat, Harnai, Sibbi, Kohlu, Dera Bugti will constitute 1 seat of National Assembly while Jhal Magsi, Kachchi and Naseerabad will be 1 constituency of the National Assembly. Sohbatpur, Jafarabad, Aosta Muhammad, and Naseerabad will collectively form 1 National Assembly constituency, and Khuzdar will have 1 seat in the National Assembly. Additionally, there will be 1 National Assembly seat comprising Panjgur and Kech, along with 1 constituency consisting of Kech and Gwadar.

Similarly, Chaghi, Naushki, Kharan and Wasak will have 1 National Assembly Constituency while Sorab, Kalat, Mastung will have 1 National Assembly Constituency. The number of National Assembly seats for Quetta will be 3 while the National Assembly consisting of Pashin, Qila Abdullah and Chaman will have 1 seat.