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Nyanza residents urged to collect IDs

02 January 2013, 11:26 Oduor Omondi

Nyanza residents who applied for Identification Cards a few months ago have been asked to visit the registrar of person's offices to collect the vital document.

Speaking in his office in Kisumu, the deputy officer of Immigration and Registration of Persons in Nyanza Matthew Odundo said more than 54 000 IDs are currently lying idle in his office.

“A few days ago, there was a public outcry during the voter registration exercise that some people did not have IDs but the documents are lying idle in our offices, chief's and assistant chief's offices,” he said.

Most Nyanza residents missed out on the voter registration exercise due to lack of IDs in the exercise that ended mid December last year.

Odundo complained that most residents had shown irresponsibility by ignoring the vital documents.

He added that the Chiefs and their assistants had been instructed to communicate with the card owners so as to reduce the backlog at the registration office.

The deputy registrar of persons further added that despite some youth claiming to be financially unstable, identity cards are issued free of charge to all individuals of the legal age (18 years and above) including those fresh from school.

He urged all who have attained the minimum age of 18 years and do not have IDs to make their application as soon as possible.

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