You Count, Get Counted: 2021 Population and Housing Census kicks off with Census Night

2021 Population and Housing Census begins nationwide

Census Night events

The Ghana Statistical Service organized a colourful Census Night to mark the official start of the 2021 Population and Housing Census. The exercise was held nationwide with different activities by Field Officers of the 2021 PHC and officials of the GSS.

Census Night which fell on Sunday, June 27, 2021, is the reference for the enumeration work that started yesterday and would last till 11th July 2021.

In the Korle Klottey Municipality of the Greater Accra Region, for instance, there was a march through the major streets to create awareness about the exercise. Census officials were in their colourful reflective jackets and caps as they marched through the streets. Similar events were held across various parts of the country.

Bonfire to mark Census Night for the 2021 PHC

Enumerators and supervisors commenced the exercise on the night of yesterday by counting persons who sleep in open spaces like markets, bus terminals, guest houses and hotels as well as persons who were on transit.

About 2021 census

The 2021 population and housing census, which will run till July 11, 2021, is a national exercise to count all structures and persons within Ghana. Phase one which was the housing census saw the listing of structures which started on the 13th of June and ended on 23rd June, 2021.

Now in progress is the enumeration phase which started yesterday with the celebration of Census Night and will last until 11th July 2021 by which time all person who spent the Census Night in Ghana would have been counted. The exercise is unique from previous Censuses in the fact that it has adopted the use of tablets to capture data in a bid to get near-real-time data.

This exercise will generate relevant data that will be used in decision-making and planning for the development of the country.

By: Stella Annan | Twitter @activetvgh


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