Liberia launches mass biometric enrollment for citizens, aliens

Published: 2/Mai/2024
Source: Biometric Update

By Ayang Macdonald

A nationwide campaign in Liberia to register citizens and foreigners into the country’s national identification database was due to be launched May 2 in the presence of President Joseph Boakai.

In a recent announcement, the National Identification Registry (NIR) said it was launching the exercise under the supervision of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, The New Dawn reports.


Some time last year, the NIR had observed that uptake of the national ID as well as card renewal was extremely low, with less than a million of the country’s five million citizens registered in the national ID database.

Meanwhile, late last month, the Liberian Supreme Court handed down a ruling rejecting changes to some government institutions, including the NIR. The head of the agencies, including Peter Andrews of the identity authority, had seized the apex court to challenge a move from President Boakai nominating their replacements. Andrews and co. had argued that the president’s nominations didn’t follow due process and they came when their respective mandates were yet to expire.

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Themes: Cartes d’identité et passeports
Regions: Libéria
Year: 2024