Macedonia’s Census Commission Call For Halt to Tally

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The commission carrying out Macedonia's census project says its members have resigned and it has called for the count to be halted.

The commission issued a statement Tuesday saying procedural differences would prevent the report from presenting accurate data about the number of people and families living in Macedonia.

The census count, which started October 1, was expected to help settle the controversy about the country's population of ethnic Albanians. The ethnic-Albanian community believes its population is much larger than has been reflected in previous counts.

The major disagreement over methodology is centered on whether or not to count people absent from the country for over a year.

The Macedonian Slav side says they should not count them, while ethnic Albanians say not doing so would lower their official percentage because a large number work abroad.