Croatia: E-Census goes as planned and even better than that

Croatia: E-Census goes as planned and even better than that

The Croatian authorities are very satisfied with the 2021 e-Census, the very first of its kind, which, as they say, is going well so far. They are especially satisfied with a fantastic response and that the system has been functioning very well.

As media write, the very first Croatian e-Census forms that Croatia’s residents started to fill in on Monday, will continue that way until September the 26th. Most of those to have filled it in online reside in the City of Zagreb, and the least filled forms are in Lika-Senj County. Slightly more than 320,000 residents of the country had self-registered through the system “e-citizens” by yesterday morning.

‘‘We are more than satisfied, approximately 100,000 new people are being registered online daily. Zagreb boasts the largest pool of those people and most people there have registered themselves, but other counties are also present to a satisfactory extent,” said Lidija Brković, CBS Director-General, as a guest on the HRT.

Brković said that there was no system failure to speak of so far, but there were problems on Monday at around 13:00.

”New people could register themselves, but those who had already started filling it in online had problems for about 15 minutes in completing the questionnaire. We’re more than satisfied with things so far, we’ve had a lot of positive comments and it’s all very simple,” said Brković, adding that it takes 15 to 20 minutes to list a family of four.

It is enough that only one family member in the household has an e-Citizens credential and that they are the reference person. People can also list grandparents, but if they live in another household, they must also have an e-Citizens credential.

The questionnaire has about 60 questions. Without the answer to a question that is mandatory, the system does not allow go any further. When a citizen finishes the Croatian 2021 e-Census, he will receive a verification code that he needs to keep hold off until the second stage of the census when he will hand it over to the enumerator to show that he had completed the census.

In the last three days, there have been about 8500 more people using the e-Citizens platform, which is also excellent.

”People shouldn’t worry about this data being connected to some other databases or registers, this is merely statistical data and it is all kept separate,” explained Bernard Gršić, State Secretary of the Central State Office for the Digital Development of Society.

Enumerators are set to go out into the field on September the 26th. The second phase of the census lasts until October the 27th with the possibility of an extension.

”If you are not home, they will leave a message for you to contact them and arrange a time when they can come. They will probably be able to come at any time during the day. Everyone will get his or her census circles. The assumption is that people who work in the morning will not be at home. Not all family members have to be at home, but a person who is in must have all OIBs because they cannot list them without it,” said Brković.