Peru’s National Census Creates Controversy in the Government

Congressman Yonhy Lescano
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(LIP-ir) — While Peru’s government requests that the nation cooperate in carrying out the national census on Sunday October 21, there are congressmen that are declaring that the order for the country to remain indoors is unconstitutional. The decree has created controversy.

Yesterday, President Alan Garcia requested that Peru’s people cooperate so that the census could accurately show how many of us there are, how we live and what we do. According to Peru’s president, the census will provide information that will help change the country.

On the other hand, congressmen Yonhy Lescano and Juan Carlos Eguren have declared and warned that the government’s order to have everyone stay in their home is unconstitutional.

Lescano affirms that the order violates fundamental rights; such as the freedom to roam freely and the right to work. He stated that these rights would be suspended from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday October 21.

In addition, Lescano has stated that the order would severely affect Peru’s commercial and touristic sectors by obligating people to stay in their homes for a 30 minute interview.

Eguren declared, "the census is not a reason to paralyze a country".