The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) said that the plan was rejected as it was not the right time for a census. ‘Rushing into a census in this time frame with the security environment that we have would not give the result the people want, ‘ said a CPA spokesman. ‘A lot of preparation work needs to be done for elections, and there is concern not to rush the process.’

Louay Hagi, who oversees the census bureau in Baghdad, said the plan was finished in October, after which it was given to the GC in early November. The GC said in early December that it had not seen the plan, which Iraqi officials now say has been lost in the bureaucracy (MEED 28:11:03).