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10 Oct 13

Bosnia To Re-Run Census in Several Areas

The head-count will be repeated in parts of the eastern town of Srebrenica and census-takers will be suspended in other places after a range of violations was spotted.

Elvira M. Jukic
BIRN
Sarajevo

Statistics Agency official Mirsada Adembegovic said that the census would be repeated in five counting areas in Srebrenica where “it was determined that the enumerators were not conducting their work in accordance with the law and procedures”.

In one incident, the Bosnian border police reported to the Statistics Agency that a few enumerators from Srebrenica had tried to take the questionnaires across the border to Serbia.

Enumerators from Srebrenica who were caught filling in the questionnaires in a local restaurant will also be suspended, Adembegovic said.

Another complaint raised during the census, which started on October 1, was that storage space for the questionnaires was not organised on time so some enumerators had to take them home, but the Statistics Agency said that it had managed to resolve that on Tuesday.

Census-takers were also accused of filling in questionnaires in restaurants in Sarajevo, while another report said that police in Banja Luka had to search for an enumerator who was working while drunk.

Media reports also said that there were cases of people refusing to be interviewed and harassing the enumerators or, in one case, robbing a census-taker.

The census will continue until October 15 despite calls from several non-governmental organisations for a boycott on the grounds of reported irregularities.

Bosnia has not had a census for the past 22 years – a period which included the 1992-95 war, when hundreds of thousands were either killed, reported missing, were internally displaced or fled the country.

In the 1991 census, Bosnia had 4.4 million citizens, while the estimates say there are now around 3.8 million people living in the country.

Three months after the census ends, the Statistics Agency will present preliminary results.

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