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Govt decides to conduct population census after 15 years

15 December, 2013

LAHORE: The government has decided in principle to conduct a fresh population census across Pakistan after a 15-year gap as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved a summary of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in this regard.

In the summary, it was stated that according to the Constitution, the holding of a census was necessary after every 10 years. The lack of a census could lead to raising questions about the transparency of general elections. The ECP suggested that a census be held before the 2018 general elections in Pakistan in order to help ascertain the actual count of the population and the formation of electoral constituencies.

The prime minister ordered presenting the proposal of holding a census in the next meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI), likely to be held next month.

A population census could not be held in the country for the last 15 years due to one reason or the other.

Reportedly, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah had written to the prime minister, calling for arrangements for a population census.

Pakistan has not conducted a population survey since the last census was carried out in 1998. After the approval of the summary by the prime minister, the matter has now to be passed by the CCI before the population census exercise could finally begin.

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