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Mozambique’s National Statistics Institute (INE) has again reiterated its stance on the controversial results of the voter registration process in Gaza province.
In a press conference called to present the balance of sectoral activities and prospects for the year, the controversial results of Gaza voter registration process again dominated proceedings. Asked about the differences between the data of the general census of the population and housing and the electoral register with respect to the population aged 18 years or more, the INE is peremptory.
“If you look at our demographic projections for 2007 to 2040, it is more than evident that that number of people 18 years of age and older is projected only for 2040,” INE National Director of Census and Statistics Arão Balate explained.
“Only in 2040 will Gaza have 2.2 million people, 1.2 million of them over 18,” he stressed.
Asked about the origin of the difference found by STAE, Balate referred any explanation to the electoral bodies, and was categorical: “What happened in Gaza, we as INE cannot explain. In scientific terms, it goes beyond all demographic theories. Perhaps the answer lies in the electoral laws,” Balate said.
The national statistics authority says that it prefers not to enter into controversy, but stakes out its position as “part of demographic sciences” and as an institution with footprint and a corpus of work that speaks for itself.
By William MapoteSource: O País