22-08-2019 by redazione
From the evening of Saturday, August 24, Kenya takes the sixth census of the inhabitants of the country, the first electronic and computerized. The process of counting citizens, which also includes residents and tourists, has been held every ten years since 1969.
In the maximum time of a week, and only in the evening and at night, someone will knock on the door of all the houses in Kenya and all the people who will be within its borders will be counted, even temporarily.
In any case, the Government, which has hired 165,000 employees for this service, is convinced that it can carry out the census in the evenings and nights of Saturday 24 and Sunday 25.
This includes guests from other families, people sleeping outside, those travelling or transiting the country, tourists in hotels and lodges, and in facilities such as hospitals, prisons and army barracks.
This means that the census can also take place in houses and residences where foreign citizens are housed.
The key questions that will be asked are: age, gender, marital status, level of education, occupation, ethnicity, familiarity with technology, breeding and farming, owned property, animals and more. The data will be recorded electronically with a tablet and uploaded to a server. This will ensure that the data will be stored faster than was done during previous censuses, as well as more secure. Interviews will last a maximum of 30 minutes, the time will depend on the number of people present. Officers will have and will have to show identification documents and reflective jackets and will be accompanied by area or village managers.
Anyone who has not been registered by 31 August must report later to the administrative offices of their district. The census, according to the Government of Kenya, is now an indispensable tool to plan the country's economic growth, better distribute funds to the counties and have a better perception of problems and opportunities.
The data will be made public from a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months, as established by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.
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