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Gov’t: ID Registration Non-political, Obligatory

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The Minister, who was responding to issues raised by Members of Parliament in the plenary this afternoon, said all Ugandans must register and get identification as provided for by the Constitution.

“It is obligatory,” he stressed.

The Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Wafula Oguttu (FDC, Bukooli Central) said registration of Ugandans was connected to the electoral process since it targets individuals of 16 years and above who will be of voting age during the next general election in for 2016.

He however said that the different political parties had neither been involved nor formally informed about the registration process.

“Why did government choose to involve people from only one party (NRMO), leading to loss of credibility to the exercise. People are taking this as an NRM exercise, which it is not,” he said, adding that, “Other parties should be involved.”

Hon. Joseph Ssewungu (DP, Kalungu West) wondered how locals would be easily identified if the committees carrying out the registration exercise do not work with local area leaders.

Members said the required identification documents are not widely available to people, while some non Ugandans may hold some of them especially passports and school identity cards.

Minister Baba said Ugandans were required to present a birth certificate, baptism certificate, passport, school identification card, school report or marriage certificate to prove their citizenship.

He however said that a Committee set up at Parish level comprising an elder and LC1 would verify one’s citizenship. The Minister also said that LC3 and district officials would be involved in the verification exercise, and added that one can appeal at Sub County, district or Immigration Board level.

Minister Baba said he would provide more guidelines to legislators concerning the process, which is scheduled to start on Monday, April 14, 2014.

“I seek your support in this exercise. Encourage Ugandans to register to get ids as the Constitution demands,” he said.

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