2 In a blow to the government, the World Bank also pulled out of funding the census, raising questions this week about the adequacy of the preparations.
4 The nation of some eight million people is one of the poorest in the world and is still reeling from the 1991-2002 civil war and the 2014-2016 West African Ebola epidemic.
5 Sierra Leone’s political opposition is deeply skeptical about the reasons for conducting a census.
6 The All Peoples Congress (APC) party this month criticized the project as a “cowardly attempt to skew the statistics” in Bio strongholds in the south and east of the country, and urged its supporters to boycott.
7 Census data is being collected by a force of 15,000 pollsters, according to the government.
8 However, the World Bank said in a letter dated Tuesday that it was withdrawing funds and technical assistance due to concerns that enumerators were poorly trained.
10 On Thursday, the government called the decision “shocking and unfortunate” and said in a response that it was not aware of any major technical problems that could affect the census.
11 Source Credit: TheGuardian
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