Chile will be calling a national public holiday on April 19 as nearly 600,000 pollsters will start visiting homes to collect data in the National Short Census.
The government is seeking to remedy “serious errors” of the previous census in 2012, according to the Santiago Times. Results will be released in early 2018, with preliminary data being reported in the 3Q17.
The public holiday will be strictly enforced in both the public and private sectors in order to collect accurate information from the country’s more than 18 million inhabitants. Residents from abroad or in long-stay transit will also be included.
Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet has stressed that the census will help the future development of the nation.