The House of People’s Representatives (HPR) and the House of Federation (HoF) have decided to postpone the fourth population and housing census by a year.
Both houses made the decision to delay the census in a joint session held today.
The fourth population and housing census was supposed to take place from April 7-28, 2019.
However, citing concerns that works have not been fully completed to conduct reliable census, the Population and Housing Census Commission on March proposed the census to be delayed.
The Commission referred the proposal to both the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) and the House of Federation (HoF).
The postponement of the census also aimed at getting more time for the reinstatement of people displaced from their villages due to conflicts.
And in a joint session held today, the Houses passed the proposal postponing the census by majority vote, 30 against and with 3 abstentions.