We are ready for the Census, says KNBS
SEE ALSO :Bikes create jobs and boost growthGeorge Ondanje (Kisumu), Maureen Odhiambo (Siaya), Kennedy Dede (Migori) and Peter Ochiel (Homa Bay) said they have finished mapping. ''The cartographic mapping, is a process of dividing the whole country into smaller units called enumeration areas which has to be done before census,'' explained Ms Odhiambo. It includes gathering, evaluation and processing of source data, through the intellectual and graphical design of the map, to the drawing and reproduction of the final document. ''The mapping exercise is conducted using smartphones and the information collected will be used to produce enumeration area maps, to facilitate the census,'' added Dede. They disclosed that the KNBS staff in conjunction with chiefs, assistant chiefs and village elders helped to identify boundaries of each village which has helped in listing them.
SEE ALSO :Report: 57 campuses closed''Census is a complex process and it has three phases. Phase one is the preparatory stage with activities like mapping and has to be skillfully done,” Mwangi said Phase two is the actual enumeration stage where the actual census is conducted and the third phase is post-enumeration. Census is normally a decade bound exercise, conducted after every 10 years and has been consistently taking place since 1969 in August from the night of 24th. Currently, the statistic officers are in Marsabit County, where they are carrying out the routine Kenya Consumer Household surveys to help the government in planning. KNBS conducts surveys each year and releases monthly Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and rates of inflation.
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