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Notices issued to officials in Mirpurkhas delimitation case

Notices issued to officials in Mirpurkhas delimitation case

HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad circuit bench of the Sindh High Court issued on Wednesday notices to the secretary of the local government department, its director, provincial election commissioner, deputy commissioner and commissioner of Mirpurkhas, asking them to appear in court in July over a petition against delimitation of Mirpurkhas Municipal Committee.

A division bench of the court comprising Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi and Justice Syed Saeeduddin Nasir issued the notices on the joint petition filed by Masood Ahmed Wassan, Abul Hassan, Mohammad Yaseen and Mohammad Abbas.

The petitioners said that they had submitted the request to the respondent election commissioner to include in it the Dehs of Khuth, 109, Panhwarki, 108, and Phadro, 110, 120 and 117.

They said that several residential colonies were part of above these Dehs including different government institutions. There is no rural area in these Dehs, which had been made part of municipal limits of taluka to create an electoral college favourable to a certain people. There is no rural area in these Dehs and hence their divestment was illegal.

They said that delimitation proposal required to be made on the basis of 1998 census. Some quarters wanted to resort to gerrymandering to exclude these Dehs from the limits of Mirpurkhas which would be a discrimination against people.

Boundaries, they said, needed to be redrawn in a way that people were able to elect their true representatives and it would happen once delimitation of constituencies had been carried out in accordance with interests of communities.

But instead, they said, the areas had been bifurcated on urban and rural lines under political influence, which had divested the urban areas from the rural, which was sheer discrimination and was illegal.

They said the delimitation of municipal committee (MC) Mirpurkhas needed to be re-modified and reconstituted after inclusion of rural areas of Dehs 109, 110, 120, Panhwarki, Deh Khuth on the basis of equal number of voters, geographical limits and without favouring certain influential persons.

According to the guidelines issued by the government for the delimitation, one of the criteria was that the area should be compact with territorial unity, they said.

The petitioners requested the court to withdraw notification issued in March this year about delimitation and direct the respondents to delimit the MC in accordance with physical features of Deh 109, 110, 120 Panhwarki and Deh Khuth in MC Mirpurkhas as a whole.

Published in Dawn, June 4th, 2015

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