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UBOS addresses concerns regarding “machine failures” in 2024 Census

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The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) has addressed concerns regarding reported “machine failures” in the Population Census 2024 enumeration devices.

The authority clarified that the tablets were not malfunctioning. UBOS attributed the reported issues to the hiring of enumerators outside the official recruitment system by local governments. 

They (UBOS) claim that the hired individuals were not familiar with the technological machines that were handed to them for use and went ahead to back their stand by disclosing that enumeration started smoothly with 94,099.

They added that those complaining of ”machine failure” are said to be about 20,000 who are the ones who were hired behind the official electronic recruitment system by the local government.

The response comes after several areas have missed out on the census following the different complaints that have been raised by enumerators including faulty tablets and no payment

“The Uganda Bureau of Statistics wishes to clarify to the public that the enumeration devices (tablets) have not failed to work. In the majority of the districts, enumeration started smoothly with 94,099 Enumerators and Supervisors having been assigned to roles and responsibilities in the enumeration system. The enumerators who have been assigned responsibilities are executing their assignments without any problem. The remaining 20,000 enumerators are the ones reporting “machine failure” and most of them were hired behind the official electronic recruitment system by respective Local Government”, reads part of the UBOS letter

The management has thus guided the district census officers and census district commissioners representatives to fasten assigning roles and responsibilities to the affected enumerators to enable them to perform their roles with ease.