The recommendation was made at the National Consultation on Delimitation held here on Friday.
It was attended by representatives of political parties, including Federal Minister for Safron Lt Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party legislator Usman Ahmed Kakar, Balochistan National Party (Mengal) Senator Jahanzaib Jamaldini and Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazal legislator Naeema Kishwar and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Additional SecretaryGeneral Saifullah Khan Niazi and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Additional Secretary General Saifullah Khan Niazi.
Most of the participants were in favour of holding transparent census prior to the delimitation of electoral constituencies, agreeing that the existing constituencies are no more reflective of the population.
There was also an agreement that the process of delimitation should be free of political interference and based on clearly laid out criteria.
Participants also supported the proposal floated by the federal minister for enhancing the representation of Baluchistan in the National Assembly.
According to FAFEN, delimitation is the allocation of political power by the State among and within provinces and territories.
The existing parameter for delimitation of representation is population. However, the existing National Assembly constituencies, besides being unevenly distributed in terms of registered voters, also show stark variations in terms of the number of citizens they represent in the Parliament.
Prominent election experts including former secretaries of Election Commission Hasan Muhammad Khan and Kanwar Dilshad, IFES Country Head Shabbir Ahmed, DRI Coordinator Hasan Nasir and UNDP’s Election Expert Skye Christensen were also present in the consultation meeting.