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Jakarta Post

One population data set

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Jakarta   /   Sat, September 19 2020   /  01:00 am
Statistics Indonesia (BPS) official speaks during a meeting the BPS census call center room in Jakarta, on Feb. 17, 2020 .BPS combines door-to-door interviews and online data collection.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The national census is underway amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 190,000 field workers from Statistics Indonesia (BPS) collecting the data of every citizen through face-to-face interviews or other mechanisms. The counting can only take place at night for the homeless or other citizens, like seafarers, who spend most of their time away from home. Challenges, even opposition, also confront the field workers, as has happened in the Papua regency of Nduga. On Tuesday, a number of people seized documents from BPS workers in a show of protest against the government, who they said had failed them. The Papua highland regency has seen a series of violent incidents in the past two years, which has displaced hundreds of local people. As part of the 10-yearly census, the door-to-door visits kicked off on Sept. 1 and will last until Sept. 30. The conventional method had been delayed f...