MOZAMBICAN CENSUS REGISTERS SIX MILLION PEOPLE IN ITS FIRST WEEK

MAPUTO, More than six million people living in Mozambique have been registered in the first eight days of the country’s 4th Population and Housing Census, which is due to be completed by Aug 15.

However, the National Institute of Statistics (INE) believes that the real figure should be much higher and explains that this figure refers to only 30 per cent of the 1,717 existing Census Executive Bodies (OIR) spread across the country.

According to INE spokesperson Cirilo Tembe Wednesday, more accurate figures on citizens and registered households are expected within the next two days, after the processing of the remaining data collected by the OIRs.

One of the reasons for this slight delay is the late delivery of census materials to some regions. However, he assured that since the beginning of this week, census information had been flowing steadily to INE headquarters here.

“In the beginning of the census we didn’t have enough computers to ensure timely information delivery. Until Aug 1, when the census began, these materials had not yet reached all Census Executive Bodies, though it was already available at the district level. This led to a delay in the arrival of information at our headquarters,” he said.

In order to guarantee normal flow of data, the INE has set up an electronic control system which ensures permanent contact with all provinces, districts, administrative posts and all census units.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK