Warning not to manipulate census exercise

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CENTRAL province district administrators (DAs) and local level government (LLG) managers have been warned against politicians trying manipulate the process of the provincial census exercise.
With the national election just two years away, Central provincial administrator Raphael Yipmaramba warned that politicians would try to manipulate the process by adding more names of voters in their respective electorates into the data for the provincial census.
He told the DAs and managers that such problems would arise and urged them to be honest in their duties as public servants.
“This is a big task for every province and I call on the National Statistical Office (NSO) to seriously consider supporting all programmes extracted from the national plan,” he said when opening a three-day training workshop for DAs and managers in the Shady Rest Hotel yesterday.
 “The census   must be supported as many provinces are still faced with lack of infrastructure,  land, sea and air transport and  other logistics,” he added.
Census director Kit Ronga commended the province for being the first to establish the provincial census steering committee.
He said the National Government had allocated K107million for the census and assured Mr Yipmaramba and the provincial government that NSO was committed to help conduct the 2010 national population and housing  census.
The aim of the training was to educate participants on the procedures and steps of conducting the census field enumeration during the exercise.
The census will be conducted  in July.