Door to Enumerator Must be Opened Even if You’ve Completed Croatian Census Online

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Lidija Brkovic, the director general of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) told HTV that people still need to answer the enumerator’s knock at their door, as they’ll come anyway.

”An enumerator will receive between 200 and 250 addresses, which he is obliged to visit,” said Lidija Brkovic, adding that the code you received after you were completed the Croatian census online is used by the Central Bureau of Statistics as a coverage control list, so they still need to be presented with it.

“For example, if a building has several floors, the enumerator can’t know which apartments are listed, which has yet to be listed or which apartment is empty,” she said, explaining why the code people are given after completing the Croatian census online is very important. The enumerator will knock on your door, she said, also because maybe not everyone in the same apartment has been enumerated and maybe some aspects weren’t clear, so questions can be asked for the sake of clarity.

Enumerators are expected to have COVID certificates, meaning they have either contracted COVID and since recovered, they’ve been fully vaccinated – or they have returned a recent negative test. In addition, they’re obliged to respect all of the current epidemiological measures, so they’ll maintain social distancing and they’ll wear masks. It is recommended that enumerators do their work outside of people’s apartments, which is why the Central Bureau of Statistics hopes for good weather, Brkovic added.

You can completed the 2021 Croatian census online until Sunday, September 26th, 2021. After Sunday, a little less than eight thousand enumerators are set to go out into the field.

“Given that fake enumerators appeared and some citizens had unfortunately experienced unpleasant situations, I’d like to warn people once again that the authorised enumerators of the Central Bureau of Statistics will go to the field only on Monday,” said Brkovic.

Almost a million people have already registered themselves through the e-Citizens (e-Gradjani) system so far, most of them being in Zagreb.

Bernard Grsic, State Secretary of the Central State Office for the Development of Digital Society, called on people to enumerate themselves online in the next few days in order to make things easier for enumerators. Getting a credential to access the e-Citizens platform, he says, isn’t complicated. 

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