Friday, March 03, 2023

Census 2023: Govt extends date for self-enumeration

PBS confirms date has been extended for 7 days

Pakistan Bureau of Statistics office. — Facebook/PakStat
Pakistan Bureau of Statistics office. — Facebook/PakStat

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Friday extended the date for self-enumeration as part of census 2023 after it received requests from the masses.

A Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) spokesperson confirmed Geo News that the date for self-enumeration for the seventh census has been extended by seven days (March 10).

The development comes days after Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) objected to the time allotted for carrying out the census while calling for extending the time specified for the three phases of self-enumeration, house enumeration and census.

The decision to extend the date for the self-enumeration of the country's first digital census — which was initially scheduled to end tonight (March 3) at 12am — was taken during the relevant committee’s meeting.

The spokesperson maintained that the date has been extended keeping in view the convenience of the people.

The spokesperson said the authorities are also mulling over extending it beyond a week. He added that the website is also down repeatedly as a lot of people are accessing it.

"Till now, eight million people have self-enumerated themselves. The process of self-enumeration began on February 20," the spokesperson added.