The fourth national census, which was already extended once last year, and slated to be held in the middle of March this year is yet to receive a formal confirmation from the national Census commission, The Reporter has learnt. However, preparations are well underway at the different departments of the Central Statistical Agency.
It is to be recalled that the National Census, which was scheduled to take place last year November, 2017, was postponed to an unspecified time in 2019. This was because of the widespread protests in the country and conflicts in different regions especially in Oromia and Somali regional States. Also, the widespread internal displacement and lag in purchase of census equipment.
But, following various discussions last week, it was agreed that the Census would be held mid-March, 2019 despite concerns of displacement and conflicts in different of the country. Nevertheless, the governing body of the national census program reportedly assured the Agency that the government is committed to take political measures to curb problem.
However, there is still no assurance from the government regarding the exact timetable, according to Biratu Yigezu, director of the Central Statistical Agency.