House Approves Request to Conduct 2018 Census

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The Plenary of the House of Representatives has approved a request from the Executive to conduct the 2018 National Census.

During yesterday’s session the lawmakers, according to a statement, unanimously agreed to carry out the census following recommendations and findings from its joint committee on Judiciary; Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning; Elections and Inauguration and Good Governance.

The House version which authorized the Executive to conduct the 2018 National Census has been sent to the Senate for concurrence.

According to the joint committee’s report, the decision to recommend the holding of the 2018 National Census is constitutional and also based on expert opinions.

Some of the experts on whose opinions the census was approved are: Dr. Edward Liberty, Executive Director of the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS); Prof. Jethro S. Tamba, Chairman of Geography at the University of Liberia; and an independent consultant, Mapherson David.

LISGIS has projected 4.2 million people, with an estimated cost of between US$15 million and US$20 million to conduct the census.
Since the establishment of Liberia, only four censuses have been conducted: in 1962, 1974, 1984 and 2008, the statement concluded.

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