LAHORE - District Coordination Officers (DCOs) in the province will submit preliminary hearing reports to concerned Divisional Commissioners on Wednesday (today), increasing chances of completion of delimitation process during the current month.
The Commissioners, after hearing appeals against DCOs decisions, will forward proposed delimitations to Local Government and Community Development Department for notification of revised constituencies for holding next Local Bodies elections in the province.
DCOs are working as Delimitation Commissioners in concerned districts and all Assistant Commissioners as Assistant Delimitation Officers.
These officers carried out delimitation process with the consultation of Assistant Directors Local Government (ADLG). As per the set formula, every UC consists of 20,000 to 22,000 voters.
As such, number of UCs in Lahore has been enhanced from existing 150 to 263.
In the proposed delimitation, UCs consists of 17,000 to 24,000 voters.
Majority of these consists of 20,000 to 22,000 voters.
DCO Lahore Nasim Sadiq has disposed off 125 petitions against delimitation of UCs and he would forward the report to Commissioner Lahore on Wednesday. As per the insiders, Delimitation Committee had made glaring mistakes while carrying out the process of delimitation of UCs.
“There are six to seven incidence of placing one locality in different UCs. In some cases, there are mistakes in drawing boundaries of UCs.
These will be needed to ratify by issuing corrigendum”, said an officer at DCO office while requesting anonymity. He claimed that the process of delimitation of UCs has been carried out with the consultation of concerned MPAs, MNAs and other stakeholders belonging to the ruling party.
This has already caused opposition parties to level allegations of pre-poll rigging.