The government has suspended, with immediate effect, a special exercise by the Civil Registry Department to allow exam class students to acquire national identification documents this weekend.
All Registry Offices across the country were, this weekend (Saturday, 26 June and Sunday, 27 June 2021), supposed to issue national IDs to students who will be sitting for their Ordinary and Advanced Level examinations later this year.
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However, in a statement this Saturday afternoon, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage said the exercise has been suspended due to rising COVID-19 cases. It said:
Members of the public and all our valued clients are kindly being advised that the exercise which the Civil Registry Department had availed to allow GCE Ordinary and Advanced Level candidates for the November 2021 examinations to apply for IDs between the weekend of 26-27 June 2021 has been suspended forthwith, owing to the rising COVID-19 cases.
As such, ALL Civil Registry Offices countrywide will be closed tomorrow, 27 June 2021. Fellow citizens, kindly be guided accordingly. Any inconvenience caused is sincerely regretted.
On Thursday the Home Affairs Ministry announced that all Registry Offices across the country will be open from 8 AM to 3 PM on Saturday and Sunday to cater for learners.
It said this was made possible by the recent receipt of consumables required for the securitization of ID’s, which had been dispatched to all provinces and districts.