Pakistan to conduct first digital population census

The first-ever digital population and housing census in the country will be conducted later this year by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), which will also carry out the seventh national census.

A 15-day training period for more than 121,000 census enumerators at 992 locations across the country came to an end on Saturday, the PBS informed Xinhua on Tuesday.

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According to the bureau, the digital census will help inform crucial population-related decisions and lead to equal access to resources and employment opportunities across Pakistan. The census will be carried out in two stages, with a field enumeration coming after an online self-enumeration.

The bureau urged people to participate in the census and to “be a responsible citizen and play your role in establishing a brighter tomorrow for you and Pakistan.”

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To help with the census, the PBS built 495 centers, each equipped with 125,000 tablets and staff members who had undergone training.

Pakistan’s sixth census in 2017 revealed a population of 207.6 million, up 2.38 percent from 1998 to 2017, with more than 106 million men and 101 million women, according to the bureau.

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