Statistical Service reschedules 2020 census due to COVID-19 outbreak

Statistical Service reschedules 2020 census due to COVID-19 outbreak

Professor Samuel Annim - Government Statistician

The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has rescheduled the 2020 Population and Housing Census due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government Statistician, Professor Samuel Annim made the postponement known at a press conference, adding that the GSS will announce a new date after consulting all stakeholders.

Prof. Annim said 75,000 enumerators and supervisors are being trained through electronic means in preparation for the exercise.

“June 28, 2020, as the Census Night has been rescheduled…We need to put together over 75,000 enumerators and supervisors and train them [for the exercise].”

The census was initially expected to begin on March 15, 2020, with the first two weeks expected to be used for listing, a process that comprises the zoning and coding of the number of houses and structures to be covered in the census.

However, observations from the completed field census mapping exercise necessitated the change in date to June 28.

The GSS had already begun recruitment of field personnel and other persons required for the census before the pandemic broke in the country.

The GSS is not the only institution that has suffered a setback in its activities as a result of the pandemic.

Also, the Electoral Commission has equally been forced to suspend its plan to compile a new voters’ register for the December 2020 general elections, all due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

However, the Commission has indicated that it will strictly observe safety protocols when it begins the compilation of a new voters’ register.

Another agency whose activity has been largely affected is the National Identification Authority (NIA).

NIA was compelled to suspend its Ghana card registration exercise in the Eastern Region over the same issue.