Activists want ID exercise extended

Kampala- Civil society organisations under the umbrella association, Chew–it, have asked the government to extend the national Identity Card registration process for four more months.

Speaking at a dialogue for stakeholders in Kampala yesterday, Mr James Mwirimu, the national coordinator Chew–it, said because of loopholes in the process, the set period of four months is not enough for all Ugandans to get registered.

“We know the government has limited equipment but they must exercise fiscal discipline and ensure that the limited equipment is allocated in an equitable manner,” Mr Mwirima said.

“We need four more months to complete the exercise because the majority have not yet registered and others started on the process but failed [midway] because of faults such as lack of birth certificates, long queues and shifting of centres without communication.”

Ms Ronah Odongo from Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda said they are keen on seeing the whole country getting registered because identity cards will help the country hold free and fair elections in 2016.

She added that Uganda is still lagging behind in identity card registration in the East Africa region where the documents are now being used as passports.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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