16 Feb 2009

Confusion over census date in Solomon Islands

2:30 pm on 16 February 2009

The government statistician for Solomon Islands says talks are needed to settle on the census date.

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua announced the national population census would take place on Monday November 23.

But statistician Nick Gagahe says usually a census is held on a Sunday night when people are most likely to be at home and he was surprised at the census date announcement last week.

"It's supposed to be on the 22nd but we still have to work that out. The 23rd was the one announced by the PM but the census office will make a decision on that."

Nick Gagahe says a nationwide census is usually held every 10 years .

He says this year's census is estimated to cost around 4 million US dollars.