The Central Census Bureau failed to reach an agreement on a uniform programme for data processing of the census of population, households and dwellings in BiH on Monday in Sarajevo. Director of the BiH Statistics Agency Velimir Jukic has told reporters that he will inform the BiH Council of Ministers on current negotiations in the coming days.
“You will be informed on our next steps, but the BiH Council of Ministers will be informed on our meetings and the outcomes,” Jukic told reporters after a meeting of the Central Census Bureau.
He has pointed out they will try to find a solution to this issue in the coming period, hoping that the results of the census held in 2013 will be published within the legal time limit.
Stating that 196,000 census forms (questionnaires) are controversial, Jukic has said that there were three proposals for residency determination reviewed at today’s meeting.
He says he is not certain when the next session of the Central Census Bureau will be held.
Director of the Repubublika Srpska Statistics Institute, Radmila Cikovic, has expressed disappointment that there was no agreement reached on a uniform programme for data processing of the census of population, households and dwellings after four-hour-long session on Monday.
Director of the FBiH Statistics Institute Emir Kremic expressed the hope that, with the increased engagement of people in the statistics agencies, the census results could be published within a legal time limit.
The legal deadline for publishing the results of population and housing census in BiH is July 1.
An obstacle to publishing the Census results is a formulation of a permanent resident in BiH. For months, through their representatives in the BiH Central Census Bureau, the Bosniaks have refused to accept that a permanent resident of BiH is one who lives, works and goes to school in BiH.