Somalia set to introduce National ID cards after over three decades

Published: 12/Mar/2023
Source: Garowe Online

MOGADISHU, Somalia – For the first time in three decades, Somalia is set to start rolling out the issuance of National Identification cards, as the country rolls out massive registration in what  could allow authorities to easily identify citizens and masqueraders in a strategy set to clean civil registration.

The country’s civil registry collapsed in 1991 after the ouster of Siad Barre, leading to disorder and confusion which has systematically degenerated into chronic instability, affecting economic growth in the process. The country has suffered internal problems with the identification of persons being the elephant in the room.

As a strategy to cure these problems, Senate has passed legislation that gives guidelines on civil registration in the country, which would end the state of uncertainty. The Bill will become law once signed by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who has insisted on the need to bring order to the country.

During voting on Saturday, the 54-member chamber endorsed the Bill following its earlier passage by the Lower House on March 1. Security has been a major concern for the people of Somalia and the lack of a national identity program, parliament says, is the main reason behind lapses that are frequently detected.

Interior Minister Ahmed Fiqi hailed the passage of the Bill noting it was crucial in ensuring Somalis now acquire IDs. He added the law will also resolve the challenge of identity, security, financial transactions, and business registration among other areas which require identification.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Somalia
Year: 2023