The National Population Commission has said that the 2023 population census will be conducted electronically and not manually which would make it impossible for anyone to manipulate as was done in the past.
The Federal Commissioner incharge of Kogi State, Isah Habibat Jimoh, disclosed this at a news conference in Lokoja, the state capital.
He said, “The era of manipulation is gone, where politicians and other interested groups manipulate the exercise thereby giving wrong results”.
He pointed out that the 2023 census will be different as the commission is going to conduct a digital census stating, “Once you are captured by their machine, it goes directly to the central server at the headquarters where it would be difficult if not impossible for the figures to be changed or tampered with”.
He said, “The Commission is determined to successfully conduct the trial Census in their quest to deliver a credible, reliable, acceptable and verifiable census to the nation.
To this end he said that the Commission has introduced new technologies such as Census PAD and CSP to ensure that the upcoming trial census serves as a good rehearsal that will make the 2023 population and Housing Census credible, reliable and acceptable.
“To ensure that the trial Census does not lose focus in view of predetermined objectives and processes, monitoring and evaluation instruments have been developed to assess the extent to which objectives are being met or not and whether the processes are being adhered to or not,” he said.
He stressed that all loopholes in previous census have been blocked by the Commission and as such the coming population and housing census will be different.
He said staff have been motivated very well by the Commission in order to avoid people, community and even politicians, from corrupting them.
He promised that the commission will conduct a credible and transparent population and housing census in 2023.