Islamabad -  Amid persistent deadlock on the reallocation of seats of national and provincial assemblies and fresh delimitation of constituencies on the basis of provisional census results, the government is all set to take up the amendment bill on Monday again.

According to the National Assembly Secretariat, Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid will move the “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017”.

The bill tabled during the Thursday’s session could not be passed due to a thin attendance of members.

A constitutional amendment requires a vote by two-thirds of members (228 in the 342-member House).

In addition to the low presence, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) had voiced their concerns over the provisional census results.

PPP’s parliamentary leader Naveed Qamar criticized treasury for promising to move the bill as per decisions of the Council of Common Interests (CCI).

MQM’s Dr Farooq Sattar said his party has serious concerns over the census results. He called for delimitation on the basis of the number of voters, instead of the population in the constituencies. According to him, with the new formula, Karachi will get one additional seat in the National Assembly.

Heads of nearly all parliamentary parties last week agreed to keep the number of seats in the National Assembly unchanged, voted in support of fresh delimitation of constituencies prior to the next year’s general election.

According to sources, there has been no progress and the reservations of both the parties exist but instead of bringing them on the same page through some meeting or backdoor diplomacy, the National Assembly Secretariat has placed the bill on the Monday’s agenda.

The sources said the bill has been placed on the agenda as the government could not take it back without any reason.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has cautioned that if Parliament failed to carry out the constitutional amendment in time, they would not be able to conduct elections on time. The poll body has set November 10 the new deadline for legislation.