The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has said in a press briefing that enumeration exercise will continue in some areas.
According to the service, the interest of the general public in being counted is high. The call centre has received over 2,000 calls from the public with concerns of not being listed or enumerated; questions about the exhaustiveness of the interview, and concerns about enumerator identity. In some cases, they are also calling the District Census Officers, Regional Statisticians and other Census Officials directly.
The GSS further revealed that data has been received on 80% of the expected households as at the 12th day of enumeration with 12 out of the 16 regions above 80%. This ranges from 97% in the North East to 55% in Greater Accra.
To put these figures in context, the numbers are based on the data that has been transmitted electronically to Headquarters. In some areas, Enumerators are unable to transmit their data due to poor or absent internet connectivity. Out of the 272 statistical districts, 181 are on course to complete data collection today.
Currently the completion rates in some districts based on the data received by the 12th day indicate that the enumeration will have to continue. These include:
Ayawaso West Municipal
La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal
Reasons for the below expected pace of work in selected areas are due to Reluctance of residents in specific households to participate in the census, unwillingness of entire communities to participate in the census due to boundary issues, inaccessibility of respondents (persons leaving early for work and returning late in urban areas, farming and mining communities) and larger than expected number of structures/population in rapidly expanding urban areas.
Field officers are to note that Whenever, a member of the public calls with questions/concerns about the completeness and content of the interview, an investigation must be conducted which involves the Enumerator and Supervisor being pulled from the field.
Meanwhile, field closure activities have began in Supervisory Areas where work has been completed.
An initial mop-up period of 12th to 18th July has been scheduled to complete the work in the outstanding enumeration areas.
GSS has therefore assured members of the public who are yet to be counted that no one will be left behind. Members of the public who have not been counted should contact the census call centre on the tollfree number 0800-426-426 or on 059-6893, 059-147-6895, 059-476-884, or 020-685-0157
Census Management is appealing to the members of the public who are unwilling to be enumerated to cooperate with Enumerators.
The GSS has however urged persons yet to be counted to make themselves available by using the call-back card or informing your neighbours when you will be available.