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President of the Republic Filipe Nyusi swore in a new president at the National Institute of Statistics (INE) on Tuesday, demanding in comments at the time greater competence in handling and cross-checking figures so as to avoid uncertainty, O Páis reports.
A new page opens at the National Institute of Statistics with the departure of Rosario Fernandes and the entry of Eliza Mónica Magaua.
After swearing the new head of INE into office, the President Nyusi, proposed a toast to the credibility of INE. “For an increasingly credible NSA,” said Nyusi holding the glass of champagne.
But before the toast, the president made a speech stressing the responsibility and demands of leading the INE.
“The responsibilities of the National Institute of Statistics, arising from its attributions and competences, are very important and require that its leaders and collaborators, in addition to having a refined technical competence, are very tactful in the processing and cross-checking of data,” the president said.
Rosario Fernandes again explains his departure
Rosario Fernandes explained his departure in terms of the need for the National Institute of Statistics to continue to follow “best practices” in statistics, without any external pressure.
At the moment, the results of the INE 2017 Population Census in Gaza differ from those of the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration voter registration by about 300,000 people more showing up in the latter.
Even more than election results, unreliable data can compromise everything, from approved budgets, necessary and priority infrastructure, as well as the allocation of the country’s resources, Rosario Fernandes said.
“If statistical science and techniques are stifled, public policies are undermined,” Fernandes said – if anything, extending if anything the scope of the confusion in Gaza beyond the election results.
INE “checking each of the steps” of Gaza Population Census
Speaking about the confusion in Gaza, incoming INE president Eliza Magaua said that clarifying questions related to these figures could be finished by the end of December this year.
“We are working, checking each of the steps. There is a phase of cartographers, there is a phase of demographers, of samplers… It is not just us, but other institutions too, who are working on this,” she explained in her first contact with the press as president of INE.
Magaua said that the work being undertaken was meant to “create demographic indicators to make population projections. and the expected end [of such work] is December 2019”. That is, after the elections scheduled for 15 October, which means that the deputies in Gaza will have been elected, though not yet sworn in to office.
By Afonso Chavo
By Afonso ChavoSource: O País / Miramar
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