Luanda — The Population and Housing Census in Angola will be conducted in 2014 instead of 2013 as initially established, after the 2012 pilot census was postponed due to the general election of August this year, Angop learned.
This follows the approval by the National Assembly (Angolan Parliament) on Tuesday in Luanda of the Law on Legislative Authorisation for Alteration to the census timing, during the House's 2nd plenary ordinary session under its speaker Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos. The Law was approved with 151 votes in favour, three against and 31 abstentions.
Justifying the alteration to the census timing, the minister of Planning and Territory Development, Job Graça, explained that technically, the general census must be preceded by the pilot census, which would prove inadequate as the former was set to start on 16 July 2013.
He further explained that the election held in the country affected the preparation and impeded the pilot census from taking place in July 2012 as initially planned.
As a result, the law grants the head of State the power to legislate to change the decree on the basis for the General Population Census and set another day and month for the event in 2014.
However, the minister said, the National Institute of Statistics has come up with 16 May 2014 for the start of the General Population and Housing Census.
The discussion and approval of the Law on Authorisation for Alteration to the census timing was the first point on the agenda of the Parliament's plenary session.
Another point is the analysis of the draft resolution that approves the adhesion of Angola to the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disability and the adhesion of Angola to the Convention on Child Protection and Cooperation on International Matters.
The agenda includes the analysis of matters concerning the internal organisation and functioning of the Parliament.