North Macedonia: The first phase of the census begins next week

North Macedonia: The first phase of the census begins next week

The census of the population, households and apartments in the country will be conducted in April, the government said, announcing that the first phase of the census will begin in less than a week. The census will be conducted from 1 April to 21 April this year and the critical time for this statistical operation will be at midnight between 31 March and 1 April.

Government spokesman Dusko Arsovski said in a press conference yesterday that the country needs an inventory and every citizen should contribute to conducting this important statistical operation that will provide data important for the projection of strategic plans for the further development of the country.

“The methodology has been determined; all the preparations are in progress. The census of the population and housing starts on April 1, so what is certain is that this statistical operation will be carried out”, Arsovski said in response to a reporter’s question.

Justice Minister Bojan Maric said yesterday that he was informed by the State Statistics Service that preparations for the census were coming along nicely and that the first phase of the population census would begin in less than a week.

“What is very important is that Eurostat immediately confirmed that the inventory law and methodology are in line with EU law, ie the highest standards for conducting such a statistical operation”, Minister Maric said on Facebook.

Maric called for an end to all destructive attempts to sabotage the census, because, as he stressed, we must unite and finally start cooperating for the good of the state.

“I urge all stakeholders to spend their political energy on the development and prosperity of the country. We owe that to the people”, Maric stressed.

The State Statistics Service announced on Tuesday the public tender for the recruitment of 5,055 district registrars and 506 district teachers, who will participate in the census and who will be trained in March to complete the census applications from 150 state trainers, who will be the first to go through training next week.

The director of the Office, Apostol Simovski, said that the fact that the critical moment for the census would be at midnight between March 31 and April 1 means that dead citizens and babies born after this critical moment will not be included in the statistics.

“We have a critical moment and we view the situation from that date onwards. If the person was alive up to that point but died before the recorders arrived, then that person will be counted and we will receive information about that person. On the other hand, if a child is born after the critical moment, then this baby will not be entered in the statistics. This is done to determine the exact status up to a specific date. This time is midnight between March 31 and April 1, so all data will be collected only until that day”, Simovski said.

The self-census begins on March 1, along with the enumeration of individuals in the Army and in diplomatic-consular missions. The prescribed health protocols will be observed during the census, where the recorders will receive masks and other protective equipment, while the sick and the isolated will enter with coats and hats. According to the state statistical office, it would be good if all the trainers and recorders were in the vaccination priority group.

Regarding the census, VMRO-DPMNE MP Gordana Siljanovska Davkova spoke yesterday, expressing safety concerns regarding health when conducting the census.

“I have a dilemma whether in such a crisis situation where maybe 15 countries, much more organized than us, have postponed the census, someone guarantees my health or if I can guarantee the one who will come to me that he will stay healthy”, Davkova said.

She estimated that there is no such census in any European country, noting that not just the resident who has permanent residence in the country, but also those who have left the country for more than 12 months will be accounted for.

“Imagine such a census in Ireland or neighbouring Greece, or neighbouring Bulgaria or Italy; what will be the number of inhabitants, ie the total population”, said Siljanovska Davkova, adding that statistics for tomorrow are needed for health planning, education, culture, social protection, not politics.

At the same time, the “I do not open the door” bloc submitted yesterday to the Constitutional Court an Initiative for the constitutional evaluation of the provisions of the Law on the Census of the Population, Households and Housing. Jianko Basev, leader of the United Macedonia party, which is part of the National Coalition “I do not open the door”, said the initiative challenged Article 8 (1), Article 34 (1) and Article 51 of the Census Law, which do not conform to Article 7, Article 8 (1) indents 1, 2 and 3, Article 9 (1) and (2), Article 16 (1), Article 19 (1) and (2), Article 39 (2) and Article 51 of the Constitution of the country./ibna