Retired Justice Maqbool Baqar, the interim chief minister-designate of Sindh, has stated that efforts should be made to speed up the process of delimitation, which is dividing the country’s area into smaller units for elections. He believes it would be ideal if the elections are held within the prescribed 90-day timeframe. However, he acknowledges that the caretaker government will consider the constitutional position before making a decision. Delimitation is the responsibility of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), and it is based on the census data. The 2023 digital census results were recently approved by the Council of Common Interests (CCI), making it likely that general elections will not be held this year. The caretaker chief minister cannot interfere in the delimitation process as it was decided by all active political parties. He highlighted the challenges faced by Karachi, such as overpopulation, law and order issues, infrastructure problems, electricity outages, water shortage, and public transport issues. He promised to do his best given the limited resources. Justice Baqar is expected to be sworn in today.
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