The Minister of Planning yesterday announced the third national census set for next year will be delayed until 2019 because the government must focus on the July general election.
The news came following a meeting between the Ministry of Planning and the Ministry of Interior to discuss the census.
Planning Minister Chhay Thon said the last census was completed in 2008 and another was due to be completed 10 years later, in 2018.
“The national census will be delayed until 2019 because the government is too busy with the election in 2018 and also must put some budget toward the election instead of the census,” he said.
Mr Thon said the 2019 census will have a budget of $8 million, compared to the $6 million budget of the previous census in 2008.
He added that the census will commence in March 2019 with 47,000 officials compiling data over a 13-day period.
Mr Thon noted that he expected the population in 2019 to be about 16 million people, up from 14 million people in the 2008 census.
Interior Minister Sar Kheng said that the 2019 census will be very important.
“The census in 2019 will help provide clear data for the government to plan for development,” he said.