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Ghana’s 2020 housing and population census (PHC) scheduled for next month will now take place in June, the Government Statistician Samuel Kobina Annim disclosed here on Wednesday.

He said the decision to reschedule the census was due to the need to deploy geospatial data to capture new structures springing up, especially in peri-urban areas ahead of the enumeration.

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“In addition to that, since we are in an election year, with the voters register to go to be compiled in April, we find June as the most stable month where we can capture everybody within the country,’ Annim said.

He said that there is the need for less mobility within the month of the census, and June looked like the most stable month, making June 28 the Census night.

Ghana plans to spend 477 million Ghana cedis (88.9 million US Dollars) on the PHC, and the government statistician said the budget was sufficient for the entire process.

As to whether June being a raining season was suitable for the activity, Annim, said lessons from the 2010 PHC which was held in September, also a raining season, would guide the authorities in their implementation. Enditem

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