Census data collection wraps up in Addu town
Census data collection in Addu town has been completed on schedule, the Maldives Bureau of Statistics (MBS) said.
The Bureau of Statistics announced in response to posts circulating on social media that census work had been stopped in Addu town ahead of schedule.
Chief Statistician Aisha Hassan told AVAS that the data collection work in Addu town has been completed. Therefore, no house calls have been carried out in Addu town since Thursday evening, she said.
“I think there is some confusion among people because of the way we announced the dates for the census. The date we announced is the final date by which all work related to the census must be completed in all the islands. The work will be concluded in some islands before the date we announced,” she said.
Data collection for the 2022 Census began on September 13. Although it was originally planned to complete data collection work by September 25, the period was extended by two days due to a lack of enumerators. Therefore, the deadline for data collection is now September 27.
MBS also denied allegations that tablets used by enumerators in Addu town were brought to Male while data collection was underway. Ninety-nine percent of census work has been completed in the atolls, the agency said.
Four thousand three hundred enumerators were recruited for the census, including 1,991 in the atolls and 2,409 in the Greater Male region. The census is carried out from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day.
The provisional results are expected to be announced on October 6, while the final results will be announced on October 20, National Statistics Day.
The first official census in the Maldives was conducted in 1911. The last census in the Maldives was conducted in 2014. According to the latest census, the population of the Maldives was 420,071.