Published On: Sat, Mar 11th, 2023
Published in Category: Islamabad

Senate body on Parliamentary Affairs expresses concern on census

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Islamabad: Voter lists are not being compiled correctly, In many constituencies of Sindh, the number of voters is more than the population, the starting point of the election is the census, which is found to be flawed.

The census procedure by the Bureau of Statistics is full of irregularities. The tablets and software given for data entry are not working, blocks are created, which is not correct. The data entry device is not showing the correct GPS location.

These views were expressed by the members of the Senate in the meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs.

The meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was held at the Parliament House under the chairmanship of Chairman Taj Haider.

Committee members Senator Dr. Muhammad Farogh Naseem, Senator Sania Nishtar, Senator Abida Muhammad Azim, Senator Kamran Murtaza, Senator Syed Waqar Mehdi along with Secretary Parliamentary Affairs and other officials also participated.

Chairman Committee Taj Haider said that Farhatullah Babar and I have been shown deceased in the voter lists.

Later we came forward and proved ourselves alive. After forty years, my grandmother’s vote being cast.

He said that a law was made to make voter lists by going door to door, but it is not being implemented.

Senator Sania Nishtar inquired when the voter list of the recent by-elections was updated.

Officials said that the list was created in November, and the work of compiling voter lists is done before every election.

Senator Waqar Mehdi said that the census was completed in two and a half years in India, but the data was correct. The census to be conducted here has been rejected by political parties before.

Chairman Committee Taj Haider said that there will be no need for census if NADRA data is relied upon. Election Act 2017 and PSDP 2023-24 were also reviewed in the committee meeting.