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The upcoming elections have delayed the release of the long awaited Population and Housing Census report in Malawi.

National Statistical Office (NSO) in the southern African country was due to release the final comprehensive report in April this year but authorities say it is not ready yet.

NSO released preliminary findings of the population survey on January 10.

Kingsley Manda, NSO Public Relations Officer, confirmed to Xinhua Wednesday the report has not been finalized.

“Much as the elections have had a bearing on the release, we are also incorporating vital issues of national importance and analyzing them thoroughly in order release accurate information,” Manda said.

This time, unlike in the past, the report will incorporate various issues among them water and sanitation, literacy levels, agriculture and disabilities among others.

Population of persons with albinism living in Malawi, according to Manda, will also be included.

“The preliminary findings on population and housing census generalized everything but the final report has specifically considered the number of people having decent houses, access to clean and portable water among others,” he explained.

Manda said the detailed report is at an advanced stage and that any time soon NSO will release the findings.

United Nation Population Fund, one of the key stakeholders in 2018 implementation of Population and Housing Census, called for the release of a more credible nation population report.

NSO was established in 1963 and is mandated by the Statistics Act to collect, analyze, publish and disseminate official statistics for evidence-based policy formulation, decision-making and monitoring and evaluation of development programs. Enditem

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