A Day after the National Identification Authority (Nida) announced to extend for seven days the registration exercise for national IDS in Dar es Salaam, a survey at some centres yesterday revealed that the turnout is low.
Additionally, at some centres people going to register were experiencing difficulties, as a result most of them decided to postpone to register and go back home without filling in the forms.
A spot check at various centres at Kijitonyama suburb, witnessed few people turning out to register. One of them, Sarah Paul said in an interview she had been troubled a lot to get registered.
“I came here with a letter from my local government leader identifying met to the officers, but they refused to register me…I was told to provide a passport sized photograph which I brought, but again they refused to register me, saying the identification letter I came with the other day had some errors,” she complained.
At Mwananyamala’s Minazini centre, our roving reporter was told that the number of people who had gone to register was few compared to previous days before the deadline was extended. “The number of people who come for registration has decreased compared to last three days. It seems people are not taking this exercise seriously and they think that the authority is going to give more days after the expiry of the added seven-day period,” said Sekelela Malecela, a registrar at Minazini centre.
Meanwhile, some people complain about difficulties they face at registration centres, with most of them blame registration officers for confusing them regarding what type of documents they should bring when going to register.
“Personally, I don’t see the relevance of some details…They are just delaying the exercise,” said Emmanuel Mnubi, a Sinza Mori resident.
NIDA set July 30, as the deadline for the registration exercise in Dar es Salaam, but following complaints from people who have not yet registered, the authority decided to extent registration for one week to August 6.
The move came following complaints and criticism over the slow pace of the exercise, and difficulties encountered in filling in the forms.
A statement availed to this paper on Sunday evening and signed by the NIDA Director General, Dickson Maimu, said after the additional week elapses, the authority will not offer any further extensions.
“We want Dar es Salaam residents to utilise the time extended effectively to fill the National IDs application forms,” said Maimu.
The DG said all foreigners should fill form 2A showing their nationality and their residence status.