Population of Zambia exceeds 13 million

The Central statistical Office (CSO) preliminary results of the 2010 census population indicate that the country’s population has increased to thirteen million forty six thousand five hundred and eight from nine million eight hundred persons and eighty eight five thousand seven hundred and seventy seven recorded in the 2000 census of population.

The statistics further indicate that 51 percent of the recorded people are female while the male population accounts for 49 percent.

Making the announcement in Lusaka Thursday, CSO Acting Director John Kalumbi said Lusaka province has recorded the highest population rate with about 2,198, 996.

Dr. Kalumbi added that the Copperbelt is second highest figures standing at 1,958,623 persons while North-Western Province recorded the lowest population rate of 706, 462.

Dr. Kalumbi however noted that official results of the 2010 census will be released later this year but added that the released preliminary results will help the government and other stakeholders to draw their developmental plans.

Meanwhile the 2010 census preliminary results have also indicated that the country has a total of 6,069 753 eligible voters representing 47% of the total population of eligible voters.

Acting CSO Director John Kalumbi says the Lusaka had the highest number of voters representing 19% of the total number of eligible voters while north-western province was the least with only 5% of eligible voters.

Dr. Kalumbi adds that the Central Province’s rate of eligible voters was at 10% copperbelt recorded 17% while the Southern Province recorded about 11 percent of the total number of eligible voters.

Others are eastern and northern provinces with 12% each, and Luapula and Western provinces with 7 percent each.

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