The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has appealed to the general public to give it sometime, as it works around the clock to come up with 'credible census results.'
The GSS has come under fire recently from a policy think-tank, the Danquah Institute, and the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), for delaying the results two years on.
The NPP is threatening to advise itself on the way forward if the government does not publish the 2010 census figures before March 24 - the day the biometric registration exercise will begin.
The opposition said every Ghanaian deserves to know the outcome of the census, in terms of the number of people living at a particular location, to be better informed ahead of a new voter register for the December elections.
The Public Relations Officer of the GSS, David Y. Kombat, told Accra-based Joy FM they need more time before they can meet the public demands.
'As an institution, we have to work hard to ensure that the results are credible,' he said. 'Give us some time.'
He said they were working around the clock to release the census figures as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Djan, has told Citi News the census figures will only be helpful during the demarcation of new constituencies, hence the calls for its release, ahead of the biometric voter registration, are baseless.
'It will not affect the registration,' Dr. Afari-Djan categorically stated. 'It could affect constituency demarcation, but not the registration.'
He added: 'If we don't get the census figures, it will be very difficult to do constituency demarcation, but for registration, it has nothing to do with census figures.' Credit: Citifmonline.com