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Door-to-door census work now finished

THE 10-day national census ended yesterday while review work begins today.

Census workers will verify the data collected in the past 10 days by comparing it with existing files kept by neighborhood committees and district public security bureaus. Residents may be re-visited by enumerators if mistakes are found to ensure accuracy.

The review will last five days. Locals who missed the census for various reasons can still register during this review period.

Meanwhile, state-appointed enumerators are expected to arrive in the city by the end of this month to verify the accuracy of the work.

Residents of 20 communities, selected from all 8,300 communities across the city, will have to answer the same questions again, this time asked by the national delegates.

Census staff will compare any discrepancies between the two visits to decide the error ratio, which will be used to accurately estimate the population of China.

The main data, gathered with an expected error rate of 5 per 1,000, will be released at the end of next April.

Despite the slow start due to a lack of cooperation by some residents, the city's census office said most households registered.

"We did encounter some difficulties at first," said Yu Xuming, deputy director of the office. "But it went more smoothly after we explained clearly in the media that the census results will not be used to impose a property tax or penalty for extra children."


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