The National Census Commissioner, Ms Amina Mrisho, has expressed optimism on positive outcome in the ongoing population and housing census, saying the turnout is impressive save for some isolated cases. The National Census Commissioner, Ms Amina Mrisho Ms Mrisho told the ‘Daily News' in Dar es Salaam that minor challenges experienced at the beginning of the exercise were resolved. "In Kilwa District, Lindi region, the exercise was almost paralyzed at the beginning because there was a problem on the part of residents and enumerators as well. "So we had to dispatch a special team which has taken over and things are moving on smoothly," she revealed. Ms Mrisho noted further that another problematic area was Manyara Region where some five people were arrested for obstructing census officials from performing their duties. "They, however, repented and were released and are now volunteering to campaign for participation in the exercise," she said. In another development, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has issued a statement calling on citizens to continue giving out information to enumerators, as the officers will continue to be in the streets until tomorrow which is the 7th day. "The exercise which began on August 26, was scheduled to continue for seven days, until Saturday, if there are some people who are yet to be attended by enumerators, they should report to local leaders or ten cell leaders," reads the statement. The statement further reminded that data which are sought would remain confidential. "We take this opportunity to thank all Tanzanians who have come out in support of our officers in the exercise," it notes.