Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will be chairing a meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) today to discuss the provisional results of the census conducted this year.

The meeting will be represented by the provincial chief ministers as well as selected members of the federal government.

The census results have been a bone of contention between Sindh and the federal government, with the former’s claim that its population has been undercounted and the latter denying the claim. This has created a deadlock on the passage of the required legislation on the delimitation of new constituencies in accordance with the latest population count results.

Parliamentary parties, despite having met several times have failed to reach consensus on the issue of the new delimitation of constituencies for the National Assembly.

The ruling party in Sindh, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) had demanded that the matter be taken up by the CCI.

Despite the deadlock, all political parties demand that the 2018 general elections be held on time.