The Montenegrin government plans to start implementing the population census on November 1st, unofficially revealed “Vijesti”, and according to the draft law on the Census, it is planned to be held by the end of the year.
The exact registration period will be determined by the Government.
The regulation as to whether the census should be just a census of the number of inhabitants or whether it should register religion and nation has not yet been discussed in public.
The Council of the Statistical System was to declare itself in the Draft on Tuesday, but, according to unofficial information from that newspaper, most of the members of that body were against it, because the document had been delivered to them only at the beginning of the session.
The executive director of the Center for Democratic Transition (CDT), Dragan Koprivica, resigned from the Statistical System Council on Tuesday.
On that occasion, the CDT announced that, under the urgent procedure, an electronic session of the Council had begun, in which members had to declare within 24 hours if they accepted the draft Law on Registration.
They assessed that it is completely unacceptable and humiliating to decide on such an important law in the proposed way without explaining the urgency, contrary to the Rules of Procedure of the Statistical System Council.
The members of the Council requested that a public debate be held on the content of the data, the collection of which is provided for in the Draft, for at least 20 to 40 days.
Despite the fact that the EU has repeatedly emphasized that data on nation, religion and language are not crucial to the census, the Government has provided for their collection in the Draft.
The EU has recommended a population census, which is a method of data collection based on available registers maintained by state administration bodies.
The document, among other things, says that the data will be collected directly, with the method of interviews, in the premises where the person lives, ie, as before, with the method “door to door”.