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Population and Housing Census in K1.6 billion deficit

The 2018 Population and Housing Census has a funding deficit of K1.6 billion.

National Statistical Office (NSO) budgeted for K16 billion, K10 billion of which would come from the government while the remaining K6 billion would come from development partners.

NSO spokesperson, Kingsley Manda, said on Monday that they started getting the money some two years ago.

He said part of the money has been spent since a census is an ongoing process which begins from census mapping to enumeration.

He, however, downplayed the impact of the funding deficit, expressing hope that the government would make its contribution.

“Right now, we have a small deficit of K1.6 billion but government will come in and give us the money,” Manda said.

Manda said the exercise was on track.

“We are currently training trainers-of-trainers. These people will train those who will then train our enumerators on the ground. So far, we are on track and the Population and Housing Census will be done come September,” he said.

Malawi conducted its last Population and Housing Census in 2008.

NSO conducted a pilot phase of the country’s Population and Housing Census in September last year to test technologies and logistics that will be used this year.

Among other developments, Manda says NSO will use electronic tablets in the census.

He said electronic questionnaires will be loaded in the tablets and, after completion, be sent to NSO headquarters in Zomba via mobile networks.

Meanwhile, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has deferred the constituency demarcation exercise because it wants to benefit from NSO data which will be captured in the exercise.

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