The newly appointed board chairperson of the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), James Biribonwa has tasked the authority management to explain the detailed process of replacing a national ID and why it takes so long.

Section 65(2) of the Registration of Persons Act 2015, provides for the Electoral Commission to access the data/information from NIRA for purposes of updating the national voters’ register. The EC boss argues that since one of the requirements for one to be a voter, one must be a citizen, and that citizenship is verified by NIRA, who have the structures for that purpose.  

“In the fulfilment of our mandate, to compile and maintain the voters register, we go to the NIRA data to determine who is a citizen and since the biodata of that particular person will also be with NIRA, we determine who is a citizen and who is 18 years and above,” said Byabakama. Adding that; “Then we import that data into our system to be in position to access this. This means that NIRA must be in top-notch operational or functional capacity to expedite the process of registration of citizens.”    

Byabakama says the new NIRA board on which he is a member will go a long way in ensuring citizens are given services as fast as possible in order not to be disadvantaged. Biribonwa has also directed the NIRA management to show clearly where the authority stands in regards to the preparation of the data, required by the Electoral Commission for the 2021 presidential and parliamentary polls.

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