Castries, St Lucia: The government of St Lucia has given an update on the procudures and process of the enumeration of the National Population and Housing Census. Preparations for the implementation of the historic 2022 National Population and Housing Census are underway.
Over 500 enumerators will be visiting homes across the island, starting on Tuesday, May 17, to conduct the delayed national census which was due in 2020. The exercise was pushed back by two years because of the global pandemic.
The training of enumerators, their supervisors and technical support personnel is now complete, and the Central Statistical Office, headed by Sean Curtis Mathurin, has been given the green light to proceed with the island’s first ever paperless census.
During the 2022 census, enumerators wll use tablets instead of paper forms to administer the census questionnaires. The update will be uploaded to the cloud almost immediately, making the census exercise paperless, quicker, safer, and more efficient. The use of a cloud-based tablet also helps guarantee confidentiality. Enumerators have taken an oath of confidentiality, and anyone found in breach of the law will be prosecuted.
The 2022 National Housing and Population Census will be commenced from May 17 through to September 2022. It may be extended to ensure every household on the island is visited.
Census data is needed by policymakers and development agencies to plan for current and future needs of citizens. All residents are asked to co-operate and be truthful in responding to the enumerators. Business owners are asked to encourage their staff to participate in the exercise.
The theme for this year is “The Future is Counting on You – Konté Sent Lisi.”
A call has also given for all Saint Lucians, staff of businesses around the island and the public sector to wear green on Friday. This is part of an effort to promote the 2022 National Population and Housing Census.