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Parliamentary leaders consulted on electoral reforms committee

* Major parties to relinquish one seat each to accommodate single-member parties

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary leaders on Friday agreed on the composition of the proposed committee for electoral reforms.
A consultative meeting was held in Parliament House on Friday with National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair. The meeting was convened to discuss the constitution of the proposed Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms. After a detailed discussion, all the participants agreed that the committee will comprise of 33 members from all the parliamentary parties in proportion to their representation in parliament. 
The major parties decided to relinquish one seat each from their quota to accommodate single-member parties in parliament, whose representation was otherwise not possible. The speaker asked the parliamentary leaders to forward names of their members to the National Assembly Secretariat at the earliest. The speaker further informed the participants that he will meet Senate chairman and take him on board regarding constitution of the proposed committee, as a similar resolution needs to be moved in the Senate. 
The meeting was attended by leader of opposition Khursheed Ahmad Shah; Rana Tanvir Hussain, Minister for Defence Production; Zahid Hamid, Minister for Science and Technology; Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Minister for Railways; Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs; Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources; MNAs Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Fazlur Rehman, Shahida Akhtar Ali, Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Sahibzada Tariqullah, Usman Khan Tarrakai, Syed Naveed Qamar, Abdul Rahim Mandokhail, Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Sufyan Yousuf, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi and Dr Arif Alvi.
Speaker Sadiq thanked all the parliamentary leaders and representatives of political parties for attending the meeting. He said that the meeting had been convened in furtherance of the unanimous motion adopted in the House for constitution of a committee on electoral reforms. He said the committee should meet on a daily basis and evaluate the shortcomings of the previous electoral process and make recommendations for free, fair and transparent elections. 

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