ECP concerned over 12.7m ‘missing’ women in census

By: News Desk      Published: 11:55 AM, 20 Jul, 2020
ECP concerned over 12.7m ‘missing’ women in census

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to conduct a countrywide pilot survey in 21 tehsils to reduce gender gap after it emerged that 12.7m women have been ‘missing’ in a census held in 2017, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Monday.

The ECP has sent a letter to Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah for conducting the survey in five tehsils of Sindh and directed the ECP to make foolproof security arrangements.

The TV channel said it has been revealed numbers of women voters are in low number in comparison to male voters and Election Commission of Pakistan has decided to conduct the pilot survey.

“The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has started a Pilot Survey to reduce the gender gap between male and female voters in the country.”

It has been feared that these women were not counted during the census held in 2017.

Gender Affairs and Electoral Roles Wings of the ECP, in consultation with the Provincial Election Commissioners, have identified 229 Census Block Codes (CBCs) in 21 Tehsils across the country having a significant gender gap in the voter registration. Door to door survey in the aforementioned areas to know the reasons behind the gender gap in voter registration is starting on July 16, 2020.

It is pertinent to note that data that would be collected during the survey will be compared with that of NADRA, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics and Electoral Rolls.

In this regard, training workshops for District Election Commissioners (DECs), Assistant Registration Officers (AROs) and Verifying Officers (VOs) were arranged by the ECP to carry out the said survey.

Data that will be collected during the pilot survey including the number of family members and how many have them the National Identity Cards (NICs) while how many people above 18 do not have NICs and reasons for not having the NICs.