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No date for population census yet — Ghana Statistical Service clears air

THE GHANA Statistical Service (GSS) has debunked media reports specifying dates for the2020 Population and Housing Census.

According to the GSS, recently there has been conflicting statements on various media outlets regarding the approved date for Ghana’s forthcoming 6th post-independence population and housing census.

In a statement signed by the Deputy Government Statistician, Mr David Yenukwa Kombat, and copied to the DAILY HERITAGE, the GSS says as the institution responsible for the implementation of the census, it wishes to clarify that the census will be conducted this year (2020) but not within the period being bandied around.

“As the Government Statistician indicated during the release of the December 2019 consumer price index and inflation rates on 8th January 2020, the census which was originally scheduled for March 2020 is likely to be moved forward  by a couple of months.

“This change in date is being anticipated following observations from the completed field census mapping exercise, which has engendered the need to redesign technological interventions required for complete coverage, enhanced accuracy and timely release of the census results”, he said.

The GSS, therefore, urged its stakeholders, the media and the public to maintain positive engagement and participation in the preparation and implementation of the 2020 census activities, “including sharing of the right information”.

He added that the census date will soon be announced to the general public once approved by the National Census steering Committee.

“Additional information about the 2020 population and housing census may be obtained from the office of the Deputy Government Statistician in charge in charge of Services and the  Ghana Statistical Service head office,” the statement concluded.


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