Sri Lanka will hold nationwide census in 2011 after a lapse of three decades.
The last nationwide population count was taken in 1981. It had since not been possible to hold census in the Northern and Eastern Provinces due to terrorist activities. Lack of accurate data on population, particularly in the Northern Province, has been a hindrance in planning developmental and other projects.
The voters’ lists with the Election Commission are also considered to be inaccurate. The low percentage of voting in the April Parliamentary Election which was below 25 per cent is believed to be due to the migration of voters out of the province.