Act 8 of 1959
- Commenced on 4 May 1959
- [This is the version of this document at 30 June 2012 and includes any amendments published up to 30 June 2014.]
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Census Act
2. President may order census to be taken
3. Appointment of census staffThe President may appoint a Census Commissioner** to supervise the taking of the census and such census officers as may be required.
4. Status of census authoritiesThe Census Commissioner and all census officers shall be deemed to be public officers for the purposes of the Public Officers (Protection) Act.
5. Discharge of duties as census officers in certain cases
6. Occupier to permit access and affixing of numbersEvery person occupying any property, house, enclosure, vessel or other place shall allow census officers such access thereto as they may require for the purpose of the census, and shall allow them to paint on, or affix to, the place such letters, marks or numbers as may be necessary for the purposes of the census.
7. Asking of questions and obligation to answer
8. Offences and penalties
9. Sanction required for prosecutionNo prosecution under this Act shall be instituted except by or with the consent of the Attorney General.
10. Operation of other laws not barredNothing in this Act shall be deemed to prevent any person from being prosecuted under any other law for any act or omission which constitutes an offence under this Act:Provided that no such prosecution shall be instituted except by or with the consent of the Attorney General.
11. Records of census not open to inspection nor admissible in evidenceNo person shall have a right to inspect any book, register or record made or compiled by a census officer in the discharge of his duty as such, and, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any enactment, no entry in any such book, register, record or schedule shall be admissible as evidence in any civil proceedings whatsoever or in any criminal proceedings other than a prosecution under this Act or any other law for any act or omission which constitutes an offence under this Act.
12. Grant of statistical abstractsThe Census Commissioner, or such other person as the President may authorise in this behalf, may, if he so thinks fit, at the request and cost, to be determined by him, of any authority or person, cause abstracts to be prepared and supplied containing any statistical information which can be derived from the census returns, being information which is not contained in any published report and which, in his opinion, it is reasonable for that authority or person to require.
13. President may fix dates or periodsThe President may, by notice published in the Gazette, fix the central date for taking the census and such other dates or periods on or during which anything is to be performed or completed:Provided that the President may, at any time and in the same way, change or alter any such dates or periods.
14. Commissioner may issue instructionsThe Census Commissioner may issue all instructions necessary for the taking of the census and the efficient completion thereof, provided the same be not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act.
15. Power to make regulations
16. Operation of ActThe provisions of this Act shall be deemed to be applicable to every census taken from time to time as may be ordered by the President under the provisions of section 2.
History of this document
04 May 1959