Get counted: Census is a civic responsibility – Government Statistician

Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, the Government Statistician has urged all Ghanaians to participate in the census exercise beginning Sunday night (27 June) adding “it is a civic responsibility.”

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Prof Annim said, “We’ve had challenges with some few areas as a result of boundary disputes and at areas where some of the respondents failing to participate.

Census undertaking is a civic responsibility so I urge all persons in Ghana to participate in the exercise. It is a decennial activity and we would not want to miss out on this activity.”

He said, “97% of the enumeration areas have been completed and 98.3% of the expected structures in the country have been chalked and listed. All is ready to start the enumeration of some targeted persons tonight and the enumeration of households and institutions will start tomorrow.

“… We have 98.3% of the expected number of structures that we need to chalk and list. So we have just 1.7% of the remaining structures waiting to be chalked and list. Today we are having a special strategy where we are going to go into all the enumeration areas…and ensure that we take stock of all the structures that we have in these enumeration areas,” Prof Annim added.

Census Night

The Census Night (Sunday 27 June) is the reference date for census enumeration and all questions asked during enumeration will relate to that Night. During the night all persons who spend the census night in Ghana will be counted.

This includes everyone who spent the night inside a household, people who spent the night at hotels, people in transit and all outdoor sleepers. In effect, everyone in Ghana during the time of the Census would be counted.

The enumeration exercise will continue from June 28 and end on July 11, 2021.

The 2021 PHC will provide important information to support the evidence-based implementation of the national development agenda and support the tracking of achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063 of the African Union.

During enumeration, a census official (enumerator) will visit each household and administer a questionnaire (collect some information) from the head of the household or any other adult in the household.

The enumerator will present their ID card on arrival. The interview to collect information must be conducted in a language that the respondent (household member) can understand.

Everyone must take note of the Census Night and where you spent that night to answer the questions accurately.

All household heads should also make note of all the persons that slept in their household on the Census Night, both usual members of the household and any visitors.

Enumerators will visit all households or institutions and collect detailed information on the persons that slept there on Census Night.

It is important that all household heads can answer these questions on behalf of others in their absence.



The information to be collected covers the following:

1. Travel history of household members who have migrated abroad

2. Socio-demographic characteristics (age, sex, education, ethnicity, religion etc.)

3. Literacy and education

4. Economic activity (employment status, job description, occupation, industry)

5. Difficulties in performing daily living activities (seeing, hearing, walking etc.)

6. Ownership and usage of ICT devices

7. Children born to women 12 years or over

8. Deaths of household members within the past 12 months

9. Housing conditions (construction materials of structure; water supply; asset ownership)

10. Sanitation (disposal of solid and liquid waste)

11. Source of water, lighting and cooking fuel.

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