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The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has set Sunday, June 28 as the census night for this year’s Population and Housing Census (PHC).
The night, which falls on the midnight of the said date, will serve as a reference point for the enumeration period.
Basically, Census officials will use that date, as in where you were on that date and time – to do the counting. This will ensure that people are not counted more than once.
The PHC will involve the official count of each person in the geographical space of Ghana so that every person’s characteristics will feed into the national development planning.
The 2020 PHC, the 12th to be conducted in the country since colonial times in 1891, would see an extensive field operation in the data collection effort so that no one was left out.
Census officials will be using a computer-assisted mechanism for personal interviews. They will be picking Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates for all structures and communities, relying on the in-built quality control system to validate collected data and, falling on digitised maps for validating and plotting information of all enumeration areas on maps.
The 2020 census will ensure that Ghana’s data systems remain current, updated and relevant to policy and decision making.
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