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Mobile Service to issue Identity Documents in the Northern Province : 2236 People apply for identity documents in the north

2013 Jul 21

2236 residents of the North who do not have valid identity documents submitted applications to the mobile identity document service organized by Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) Department for Persons Registration and Centre for Human Rights (CHR) in the last six days.  These programs are implemented targeting in Kilinochchi, Vanni and Jaffna Districts.

In addition 1584 people also applied for birth certificates during the Mobile Clinic held at Karachchi Divisional Secretariat held between the 9th and 11th and another 649 people applied for birth certificates between the 16th and 18th July.

Executive Director of CaFFE Keethi Tennakoon said the reason to start this programme is because many people in this area have undergone immense hardships due to the non-availability of birth certificates which is a mandatory for voting. Tennakoon added that this problem has risen as there was no proper mechanism deployed during the war time to issue birth certificates to the people.

Due to the non-availability of birth certificates these people are unable to apply for the National Identity Card. Due to this reason the fundamental rights of the northern people, specially their voting rights have been violated.  Therefore this programme is to be implementd in Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Mannar Districts Tennakoon stated.

Keerthi Tennakoon
Executive Director
CaFFE/CHR                                                                                                                          0777791225

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