Pakistan’s Chief Statistician, Asif Bajwa, confirmed in a press briefing on Friday that Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) did not issue any direction to use pencils to fill census forms. The PBS head mentioned that “no enumerator or supervisor has been issued a pencil for filling forms. All of them should have pens for this purpose. Filling forms with pencils is not allowed at any cost.”
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad regarding complaints received during three days of census, Bajwa shared that only one incident of using a pencil has was encountered during the census so far in which a female enumerator was using pencil, only to be filled the form later by pen. He explained that “the enumerator reasoned that she used pencil for fear of mistakes and thought of filling forms later by herself with pen. She had no such official directions.” Bajwa further clarified that she was filling a form of house count and not a population census.