Manda­tory Ques­tion to Avoid Dou­ble Count in 2017 Cen­sus

Fiji Sun - - Nation - JES­SiCA SAVIKE Edited by Ranoba Baoa Feed­back: jes­sica.savike@fi­jisun.com.fj

One of the manda­tory ques­tions that will be asked by enu­mer­a­tors who will con­duct the 2017 Cen­sus from to­mor­row is ‘Where did you sleep on Septem­ber 17, 2017?’

This is to avoid dou­ble counts. The ques­tion, how­ever, is with an ex­cep­tion to those who worked the night shift on the spec­i­fied date.

To­day marks the of­fi­cial ref­er­ence date for the be­gin­ning of the 2017 Cen­sus. The team will be­gin their work from to­mor­row

Di­vi­sional Cen­sus co-or­di­na­tor Cen­tral, Kel­era Nokelevu con­firmed this.

The Fiji Bureau of Sta­tis­tics of­fi­cials have teams dis­persed around the coun­try to col­late in­for­ma­tion for the cen­sus.

The team of 2156 enu­mer­a­tors will be wear­ing their for­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards, re­flec­tor jack­ets with the cen­sus logo and their tablets for ef­fi­cient in­for­ma­tion col­la­tion. Enu­mer­a­tors have been given three weeks to com­plete the cen­sus process.

“Those in board­ing schools, cor­rec­tional cen­tres and other re­spec­tive in­sti­tu­tions will be enu­mer­ated at their re­spec­tive in­sti­tu­tions; they are re­ferred to it as non-pri­vate dwellings (NPD),” she said. “Enu­mer­a­tors need to fin­ish the cen­sus process in the first two weeks while the third is for re­vist­ing those that may not have been home or need to give in more in­for­ma­tion.”

The Fiji Bureau of Sta­tis­tics has in­vested around $1.2 mil­lion to pur­chase 3100 tablets to make work eas­ier for the enu­mer­a­tors.

“At the end of the cen­sus we should be able to tell the plan­ners or the pol­icy mak­ers that these are the num­ber of qual­i­fied per­sons in Fiji in this par­tic­u­lar field and they are still with­out jobs,” she said. The 2007 cen­sus had recorded Fiji’s pop­u­la­tion as 837,271 and an­other pop­u­la­tion up­date ex­er­cise was done in 2014 which recorded an in­crease to 865,611 peo­ple.

The to­tal pro­jected pop­u­la­tion is 872,948 based on the two in­ter-cen­sal pe­riod 1996 and 2007 Cen­suses.

Unaisi Kini, 35, said: “In the last cen­sus I re­mem­ber we were asked about how many peo­ple were in the house and also what type of util­i­ties we have at home.”

Photo: Jes­sica Savike

Di­vi­sional co-or­di­na­tor Cen­tral, Kel­era Nokelevu.

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