The first phase of the sixth national population census – the first in 19 years – will begin in 63 districts across the country from today.

In this first phase, which will be from March 15 to April 15, the census will be conducted in 61 districts of Punjab, eight districts of Sindh, 14 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 15 districts of Balochistan, five districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and five districts of Gilgit-Baltistan.

During the first three days of the first phase, officials will conduct house count. Head count will be conducted during the remaining days of the phase.

In the second phase, which will commence on April 25 and culminate on May 25, the census process will be conducted in 21 districts each of Punjab and Sindh, 18 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 17 in Balochistan, Islamabad Capital Territory, and five each in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Census teams will conduct the process from 8am to 5pm each day. Census reports will be completed in two months