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Kenya set for national census after ten years

Kenya on Friday finalised preparations for conducting a week-long population and housing census that will take place from Saturday.

Zachary Mwangi, director general of Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) told journalists in Nairobi that enumeration will start on Saturday and end on Aug. 30.

Mwangi observed that all those who will be within the Kenyan borders on the census night will be counted including persons on transit and outdoor sleepers.

“The 2019 population and housing census will for the first time, capture data electronically through a mobile device in order to ensure more accurate information, security of data and faster processing of the results,’’ he said.

Mwangi added that the preliminary results will be released three months after the end of the exercise.

KNBS noted that the preparation, enumeration and tabulation of the census results are expected to cost 18.5 billion shillings (179 million U.S. dollars).

The official said the census is expected to help the country in the planning and formulation of policies to enhance the delivery of public services.

Mwangi said that a number of international organisations have been accredited as observers to ensure that the exercise produces credible results.

(NAN)

 

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