ISLAMABAD - The speaker National Assembly has summoned the meeting of parliamentary committee on electoral reforms today (Wednesday) at the Parliament House to elect its chairman and draw terms of reference (ToRs).

According to notification issued by NA Secretariat, NA Speaker Sardar Ayyaz Sadiq has called meeting of parliamentary committee on electoral reforms on August 6 in connection with election of its chairman.

There are 11 members from the upper house and 22 members from lower house of the Parliament in the 33-member committee with 19 members representing the ruling alliance while 14 from the opposition parties. In all some 16 parliamentary parties have representation in the committee with some of the parties having nominal representation in the parliament with only one or two members.

The major political parties have voluntarily slashed down their share in the committee to give representation to the smaller parties with the sole aim to make the body more representative in nature.

According to notification issued from National Assembly secretariat, the ruling PML-N nominated eight members including Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Senator Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Zahid Hamid, Anusha Rehman Khan Advocate, Lt Gen (Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Abdul Hakeem Baloch and Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry for the committee.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the major opposition party in the National Assembly, nominated Syed Naveed Qamar, Shazia Mari, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Senator Mian Raza Rabbani and Senator Farooq Hamid Naek for the committee.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) named Shafqat Mehmood, Dr Shireen Mazari and Dr Arif Alvi while the MQM nominated Senator Col (Retd) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Naeema Kishwar Khan and Dr Muhammad Farooq Sattar.

Abdul Rahim Mandokhail from PkMAP, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao from Qaumi Watan Party, Ejaz ul Haq from PML-Z, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed from Awami Muslim League, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah from JI, Senator Haji Mohammad Adeel from ANP, Usman Khan Tarakai from Awami Jamhuri Ittehad Pakistan, Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi from National Peoples Party, Ghaus Bux Khan Mahar from PML-Functional, Syed Ghazi Ghulab Jamal from Independent members of the National Assembly, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed from PML-Q, Senator Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri from BNP-A, Senator Hilalur Rehman from FATA and Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood from JUI-F will also be part of the committee.