Kazakhstan to Conduct Online Population Census Starting Sep. 1 

NUR-SULTAN – The online population census will begin on September 1, 2021 in Kazakhstan. This decision was made at the first meeting of the special commission for the national population census of Kazakhstan in 2021.

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Kazakh citizens will have an alternative option to participating in the census: not only by providing information to the census taker, but also filling out the form online.

The online census on the specialized website sanaq.gov.kz will start on September 1 and will last through October 15, 2021. Access to the website will be provided round-the-clock, citizens, regardless of their location, will be able to independently fill out questionnaires for themselves and their family members.

To ensure information security, the Bureau of National Statistics and the Center for Analysis and Investigation of Cyber ​​Attacks (CAICA) carried out work to strengthen the vulnerability system and expand the communication channels. 

First Deputy Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov instructed the CAICA jointly with the Kazakh National Security Committee to provide round-the-clock monitoring of information resources on the census. Smailov also noted the need to integrate the sanaq.gov.kz website with the egov.kz web portal.

The traditional census will be conducted from Oct. 1- Oct. 30, 2021, in compliance with sanitary norms to cover those citizens who did not pass the online census. 

Census takers will use tablets to minimize the impact of the human factor on data quality. 

A mobile application for a tablet has been created allowing the interviewer to conduct a survey considering all the built-in arithmetic and logical controls, apply classifiers and reference books. The resulting data will be sent directly to the shared database.

In addition, in order to have a high-quality census, the commission considered the feasibility of introducing a moratorium on the formation, abolition and transformation of administrative-territorial units and on the naming, renaming of settlements in the period from May 1 to December 31, 2021.

According to the Bureau of National Statistics, the Kazakh population as of January 1, 2021 reached 18,877,100 people, including 11,149,700 people living in urban areas (59.1 percent) and 7,727,400 people living in rural areas (40.9 percent). 

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