On the Election Commission of Pakistan’s website it is difficult to tell how constituency boundaries were changed in 2002 because the PS maps are listed in isolation and no historical images are available. We attempted to piece them together like a jigsaw to give you an idea of where the lines are drawn. PS-112 and PS-129 are just two examples of how they were changed.
The story of PS-112
When the boundaries were redrawn in 2002, the Burns Road chunk, including Pakistan Chowk and Ratan Talao, was added to Clifton’s PS-112, claims the PPP. Another area, Sultanabad, a Pakhtun-dominated neighbourhood, was included in another constituency, PS 89, in Keamari Town. The new PS 112 constituency now crossed a major road, II Chundrigar Road, and a railway line. In 2008, MQM MPA Moqueem Alam won here with 27,371 votes by beating the PPP candidate Najmi Alam. PPP now proposes deleting Burns Road and restoring the constituency
to its pre-2002 form.
Sindh Assembly seat PS-112 in 2008
Winner: Moqueem Alam (MQM) - 27,371 votes
Next: Najmi Alam (PPP) - 26,902 votes
PPP lost by 469 votes
PPP and ANP
“We have suffered the most as areas where we dominated were either infiltrated by outside votes or union councils where we were strong were moved to other constituencies”
The story of PS-129
Changes were made to PS 129. “Earlier, this constituency was known as PS 96 and was connected to Ibrahim Hyderi, Rehri and Landhi but in 2002 it was bifurcated from Landhi, paving the way for Jamote to win the election,” says Khuda Dino Shah, the former nazim of Bin Qasim Town.
He said that the PPP has always won the seats from the rural areas of Malir, Gadap, Bin Qasim and Keamari, but for the first time the party lost the seat to the Jamote family, which has a strong vote bank in Ibrahim Hyderi, Rehri and its adjoining areas.
Total number of registered voters in Sindh
1985 = 7,173,000
1998 = 9,879,000
1990 = 10,184,000
1993 = 11,022,000
1997 = 12,067,000
2002 = 16,181,000
2008 = 19,506,473
Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2012.
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