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Census of Ethiopian Population and Housing postponed for the second time


The Census of Population and Housing in Ethiopia is postponed again after the debates in the joint meeting of Parliament and the Assembly of the Federation. Security said to be the main challenge

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Graphic Source: FBC

June 10, 2019

The joint meeting of the Ethiopian representative of the House of Representatives and the House of the Ethiopian Federation approved a decision on Monday, June 10, 2019, to postpone the National Population and Housing Census for the second time, Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) .

Initially, it was scheduled for fiscal year 2017/2018, but was postponed to 2018/2019. The census is extended for another year. It is extended for reasons of security consideration throughout the country.

Apparently, there was no disagreement on the issue of census extension. The difference was in how long to extend it. Consequently, the members of the two houses debated in two whether it should be extended indefinitely for more than a year or just for six months.

Those who supported the six-month deadline argued that the security situation in the country is improving and six months of extension are sufficient.

The counter-argument was that although the security situation is improving in the country, there are no favorable conditions for conducting the census.

Millions of Ethiopians are internally displaced, which is said to have a negative impact on the census.

Another point raised in favor of extending the census in more than a year is that officials of the Central Ethiopian Statistical Agency (CSA) can not move freely from one place to another because of the security situation.

Most members of both houses supported the extension for more than a year. Thirty members voted against and three members voted to abstain.

The Ethiopian Central Statistical Agency finalized the plan previously to carry out the technologically assisted (digital) Census, for the first time in the country's history, and hundreds of thousands of employees would be highlighted. Up to 180,000 tablets were ready for use.

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