National ID : Kampala distribution kicks off

President Museveni scrutinizes Uganda’s electronic national Identity Card at the issuance exercise launch in Munyonyo. Picture/Twitter
President Museveni scrutinizes Uganda’s electronic national Identity Card at the issuance exercise launch in Munyonyo. Picture/Twitter

Ugandan citizens who who successfully registered at enrolment centres in the Capital City are today set to receive their national Identification Cards according to  Internal Affairs minister Gen. Aronda Nyakairima.

The issuance in other districts will be carried out progressively over the next nine months.

The registration exercise that place from April to August with between nine and 14 million people getting registered.  The Printing of National IDs was done by machines which print a minimum of 56 cards per day.

President Museveni during Tuesday night’s launch of the issuance exercise at Commonwealth Resort, Munyonyo said National ID cards will prevent vote rigging and eliminate ghosts from government payrolls.

IDHowever there were fears about the credibility of Uganda’s data bank. Results of a survey conducted by Research World International, for Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (Ccedu) says more than half of 14,080,000 Ugandans registered for the ID card were not verified. This means 6.9m applicants had their citizenship verified at registration while another 8.2m people were registered without verification between April 14 and August 11, 2014.

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