IPP Supports PM’s Decision to Use 2023 Census Data for Elections


The IPP Central Information Secretary, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, has announced her party’s support for conducting elections based on the 2023 census data. However, she emphasized the need to prioritize the importance of voters over census statistics. Dr Awan stated that the debate on the validity of the census could potentially delay the general elections by five to six months if referred to the CEC (Chief Election Commissioner).

Furthermore, Dr Awan mentioned that issues related to new delimitations and voter lists would also be addressed. She clarified that the IPP is prepared to participate in the upcoming elections using both old and new census data.

Previously, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif hinted at holding the elections based on the 2023 census data. During an interview with a private television channel, he emphasized the government’s commitment to completing its term on August 12. He also mentioned the formation of a committee for the caretaker set-up and ongoing consultations with Nawaz Sharif and opposition leader Raja Riaz.

The prime minister expressed his hopes for the nation’s progress to continue without any delays during the caretaker set-up. He emphasized the importance of a government with a full five-year mandate in resolving national issues and ensuring respect for the vote. Additionally, he raised concerns over the selective treatment and disqualification of Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers case.

In response to queries about seat adjustments, the prime minister stated that his party would consider seat adjustments with coalition parties in certain constituencies based on consultations and leadership decisions.

The IPP’s support for elections based on the 2023 census data aligns with the prime minister’s announcement. However, the focus on prioritizing voter needs and addressing concerns related to delimitations and voter lists demonstrates the party’s commitment to a fair and inclusive electoral process.


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