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Gaborone tops in uncollected IDs

The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs' review of the status of national registration has revealed that Gaborone offices have the highest concentration of uncollected national identity cards at 5 935.

A press release from the ministry stated that Gaborone was followed by other urban areas and major villages such as Kweneng at 1 383, Ngwaketse 1 064, Ngamiland 1 005, Letlhakane 1 001, Mahalapye 975, Francistown 853, Centra District 830, Selebi Phikwe 592 and Palapye 554, whilst the rest of the cards were spread across the country.

It said by October 7, there were 20 451 identity cards awaiting collection across the country while 9 278 cards would expire by October 24.

In order to continue to enroll applicants and to distribute cards across the country, the release stated that the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Mr Edwin Batshu had mobilised transport across his ministry’s different departments.

The release further said the ministry was also working together with CTO to give attention to the servicing of all vehicles at their depots for purposes of assisting in this.

According to the release, Mr Batshu appealed for CTO’s cooperation in this regard and for the department of civil and national registration officers to continue with the hard work and dedication they had shown.

He had also appreciated the magnitude of the work the officers were doing in spite of the current resource constraints, said the release.

Therefore, to enable the ministry to produce the cards and for collection of such in readiness for the general elections, Batswana whose cards expired during the period between now and the general elections were urged to go to the nearest Omang offices to apply for and to collect their national identity cards by October 13.

Furthermore, it stated that the minister  also made a decision to extend hours of operation in all civil and national registration offices across the country from 4:30pm to 6pm during weekdays with effect from October 8.

As a matter of urgency, to renew their expired cards, the minister  also urged members of the public to replace their lost cards and to collect the produced cards and keep their cards safe at all times for use during the general elections. Ends

Source : Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs

Author : BOPA

Location : GABORONE

Event : Press Release

Date : Oct 08 Wed,2014

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