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Panama sets date for 2020 national census

Posted 12/06/2019

Panama will hold a national census on Sunday May 24, 2020 at an estimated cost cost  of  $35.8 million said Comptroller General, Federico Humbert , on Wednesday,  June 12.

It is estimated that 120 census takers will be displaced throughout the country. and the delivery of preliminary results is set for July 2020.

"The goal is to have a certainty in the quantification of the population and the number of existing homes in the national territory," said  Humbert. "In addition to obtaining the necessary data to make Panama continue to grow," Our nation has a lot of experience but on this occasion we want the census  to have the greatest depth and quality"
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/panama-sets-date-for-2020-national-census

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We were counted in the last census (May 2010). No one was supposed to leave the structure in which they had spent the night until they had been counted, and until the census taker had placed a colored sticker on the structure. You then had a paper slip evidencing your having been counted. There were road checkpoints throughout the country and woe to anyone caught out and about without their census slip.

One could show up during the preceding week at the local census office (it was somewhere in the Feria grounds) and be counted, and given a paper slip, so that if you had a major inconvenience on census Sunday of being house-bound until counted, there was a countermeasure. I suppose there will be similar measures taken next May.

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Have to wonder if anyone will try to alter census questions for political reasons.

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10 hours ago, Jim Bondoux said:

We were counted in the last census (May 2010). No one was supposed to leave the structure in which they had spent the night until they had been counted, and until the census taker had placed a colored sticker on the structure. You then had a paper slip evidencing your having been counted. There were road checkpoints throughout the country and woe to anyone caught out and about without their census slip.

One could show up during the preceding week at the local census office (it was somewhere in the Feria grounds) and be counted, and given a paper slip, so that if you had a major inconvenience on census Sunday of being house-bound until counted, there was a countermeasure. I suppose there will be similar measures taken next May.

I remember it well and, being somewhat new to Panama, how odd the whole procedure seemed. But what I really remember best is that the sticker they left was impossible to remove from our wrought iron gate, leading ultimately to our having to repaint the whole d—n thing.

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Article in today's LA ESTRELLA reports that the government contracting authority has rejected all three bids for census-related equipment, and that the census will need to be postponed as a consequence.

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Oops. It is not like this was a short-fused requirement.

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