National ID card issue hangs over planned South Sudanese elections

Published: 12/Avr/2024
Source: Voice of America

By Sheila Ponnie

Juba, South Sudan — Since gaining independence in 2011, South Sudanese residents have been working to build their country, the world’s youngest nation.

However, many citizens fear a technicality — the lack of a required National Identification Card — may block them from participating in the country’s first planned democratic elections in December.

Registration for the polls begins in less than two months.

« I don’t think they will allow those without an ID to vote, » said a young man, who asked to be identified only as Alex for safety reasons.

Alex, who is a resident of Magwi in the state of Eastern Equatoria, told VOA he has made repeated trips to the immigration offices in the capital, Juba, to get a National Identification Card.

After three failed attempts, Alex became worried he would be locked out of the upcoming election.

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Themes: Cartes d’identité et passeports, Inscription aux listes électorales
Regions: Soudan du sud
Year: 2024