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National Census will have to be redone – PM

National Census will have to be redone – PM


In the next few months, Vincentians will once again be asked to participate in the national census, following the fire last weekend, which destroyed the vital data that had been collected over the past four months.{{more}}

Last Saturday’s fire, on the second floor of the financial complex situated on Bay Street, destroyed the data gathered since the census got started on June 14 this year.

Significant water damage from the fire fighting process that contained the fire to that office also added to the dilemma.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, speaking to SEARCHLIGHT on Saturday evening, said that the entire process would now have to be redone, since the information collected had not yet been collated and converted to an electronic format.

This means that census officers will once again take to the streets to visit the homes of all Vincentians, collecting the data, as they had done just months before.

A census is conducted not only to get the total population of a country, but also to gather information about the residents’ geographical location, religious composition, employment and other social statistics.

The census, which was in its final data collection stages, had been extended by an additional four weeks from its scheduled mid-August end, due to a number of hitches, both externally and in-house.

Chief Statistician Gatlin Roberts had indicated in a previous interview with SEARCHLIGHT, that the main issue was persons not complying with enumerators.

Up to press time, there was no indication when the new census would begin.

The census, which began in June, was budgeted to cost EC$1.5 million.(JJ)