PPP and ECP demand new population census

Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah. — File photo

Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah on Wednesday asked the government to hold a fresh census to determine the country’s current population statistics.

In a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the opposition leader said that the last census was held in 1998, and no survey has been conducted since the last 15 years.

Shah said a new census is a constitutional requirement for the development programme and also for the determination of seats in the assemblies. “To make resources compatible with persisting problems, census remains a crucial step,” he added.

Shah said that a new census is a constitutional requirement to carry out development work in the country and to determine the number of national and provincial assemblies seats in accordance. The opposition leader said that the state of national affairs and population demographics has changed immensely and an updated database is needed to meet the demands of the growing population by matching our resources in accordance.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has also demanded, through a letter sent on Wednesday, the government hold a new census in the country. It said that the new census should be held by placing the matter before the Council of Common Interests.

The commission said the census was due in 2008 after passage of ten years since the last one, which was conducted in 1998 during the time of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government.

The previous coalition government led by the PPP had initiated work on the new census in 2011 but left it incomplete.

Source: Daily Times

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