The Central Statistics Office (CSO) says preparations for the first ever electronic 2020 Census, of population and housing have reached an advanced stage.
CSO Acting Director of Census and statistics, Goodson Sinyenga, says his office has started undertaking preparatory activities of land mappings in readiness for the upcoming census.
Mr. Sinyenga explained that CSO has embraced the technological advanced system which requires the collection of the much needed accurate data.
He told journalists at a media briefing in Lusaka today, that the old system of collecting data using questionnaires, will not be used in the 2020 Census of Population and Housing.
He disclosed that his office will instead use tablets, installed with the latest software application known as Survey 1, 2, 3, procured from Israel.
“We are this time around using advanced modern system of collecting data in the 2020 census. We will not use the usual questionnaires but tablets that have the software called Survey 1,2,3 which was procured from Israel, the enumerators will collect data on key infrastructure, government projects, mobile towers and commercial buildings among others,” he said.
Mr.Sinyenga underscored that the pilot project of land mapping was successfully implemented in Chongwe and Lusaka districts using the new technology of survey software, saying that the project will be rolled out to other parts of the country in the first quarter of 2019.
He urged people in different households to cooperate with the officers doing the land mapping following the build up to the 2020 census.