Some sub-counties lack computers to register for national IDs in Arua

Residents of Ogoko sub-county in Arua district have listed a litany of challenges facing the ongoing registration for national identity cards (IDs), among which is the lack of computers. Ben Asidra from Ogoko said some sub-counties, like his, do not have computers, making it difficult to conduct the registration.

According to the internal affairs ministry, the IDs, whose registration was rolled out last month, are intended to reduce crime through quick and reliable identification of criminals. The IDs, expected to cost the Government more than sh200b, will also enable citizens access social services.

Asidra also cites incompetence by the team registering citizens, which slows down the process. “The person operating the computer consumes a lot of time because he or she does not know what to do.” The problem is compounded by the fact that some areas have a lot of dust, which does not favour the machines.

The other challenge is power. The batteries intended to run the registration machines often last only half a day, hence they only a few people are registered.

The first phase of the project is expected to last four months before those registered are issued the new IDs.

- May 5, 2014
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