The first electronic identity cards are expected to be issued at the end of this year, the Infrastructure Ministry said yesterday.
Reacting to comments by
The ministry said the electronic ID cards would mean greater security, not least because they would include more information on their owners, including fingerprints. The information would be stored in the card. Thus, it would be difficult to have a repetition of the recent case where an ID card was issued to the wrong person, it said.
The ministry said the Opposition Leader was therefore wrong to imply that the recent extension of the validity of the ID cards hid some ulterior motive.
It pointed out that people who lost their ID cards or had a change in their circumstances - such as when they got married or moved house - were getting their ID cards replaced quickly and free of charge.