CSO conducting population survey; says persons are “lawfully required” to take part

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    Around 50 field officers from the Central Statistical Office are traversing Trinidad and Tobago for a population survey.

    According to the office, this survey is continuous and will continue into 2021 once conditions are safe regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

    It warns that, according to the Statistics Act, citizens are lawfully required to participate in the survey.

    Section 10 (1) states, “Where any census is being undertaken or any other statistics are being collected in accordance with this Act, an authorised official may require any person from whom particulars may lawfully be required under this Act to supply him only with such particulars as may be prescribed or such of those particulars as the Statistician may consider necessary or desirable in relation to the taking of the census or the collection of the statistics; and for such purposes the person shall, to the best of his knowledge and belief, fill up such forms, make such returns, answer such questions and give all such information, in such manner and within such time as may be required by the authorised official in accordance with the Regulations made under section 13.”

    It says a wide range of demographic and socio-economic characteristics will be obtained.

    This information, it assures, is only for developing summary tables and not for taxation, investigation or regulations.

    Citizens are urged to ensure that CSO officers show their identification badge which has their name, post, photo and the CSO’s logo.

    The office says it is taking the required safety precautions to protect both field officers and respondents during the COVID-19 pandemic.