General Elections of National and provincial assemblies in 2018 are unlikely to be held as per schedule of June 2018 as the final results of the Census 2017 will be available by April 2018, Sources in Pakistan Bureau of Statistics revealed here on Wednesday.
According to Sources, “The final results of the Census 2017 will be available in April 2018.”
The Council of Common Interest (CCI) has already approved the provisional results and the provisional results are also shared with the media and Government of Sindh along with some political parties of the province has also expressed rejected the provisional results of the PBS.
According to provisional results of PBS, Pakistan’s population has reached 207.7 million and Punjab leads the charts with over 110 million population while Sindh had some 47 million residents, KPK had 30 million, and Balochistan had 12 million residents.
An official in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has told this scribe,
‘The delay in declaring the final results of the Census 2017 may have serious complications for holding the General Elections in 2018.’
He further said that under Article 51(5) of the Constitution, the General Elections are required to be conducted on the basis of population in accordance with the last published census.
In case the final results are declared in April 2018, the official elaborated that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would not be able to conduct election in 2018 as per constitutional requirement.
The Council of Common Interest (CCI) in its last meeting held last month has directed Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) to complete its work of declaring final results of the Census 2017 as early as possible and given a deadline of December 2017 to announce the final results of the Census.