Public Warned Against ID Registration Irregularities

price geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>“It has come to our notice that under the ongoing mass registration process for the national identification card exercise, buy the public is being conned by some unidentified persons claiming to be working for ministry of Internal Affairs,” says Namayanja.

According to the report, some people are selling enrolment/registration forms while others continue extorting money from unsuspecting public under the pretext of helping citizens to register.

“Forgeries of documentation like birth certificates, baptism cards, marriage certificates among others and knowingly giving false information especially about one’s citizenship status,” are some of the instances cited by the Minister.

“The exercise is absolutely free and all enrolment centres have enough forms with more in stock at national identity card centre.”

She further alerts the public that there are form filling guides that have been translated into different languages to ease the process.

“It’s therefore important for all citizens to get concerned and avoid these habits because they are against the laws governing this country.”

The ID registration exercise kicked off towards the middle of this month.

According to State Minister for Internal Affairs, James Baba, Ugandans are required to present a birth certificate, baptism certificate, passport, school identification card, school report or marriage certificate to prove their citizenship.

The national Identity Card will be used for citizenship identification, issuance of national identity cards, passports, travel and other purposes.

Babu further observed that the national IDs will apply in timely registration and monitoring of citizenship, births, marriages, deaths, aliens and refugees etc.

The cards will as well be useful in immigration and passport control, employment-pension contributions, benefits, insurance and law enforcement especially in ability to track illegal activities and criminals.

Government also hopes to use national IDs in national population statistics (censuses, surveys, segregation and monitoring trends for planning purposes etc).

The exercise which has so far registered a few hindrances, will last four months.


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