Election commission awaits custom-made laminating sheets for ID cards

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Election commission awaits custom-made laminating sheets for ID cards
Jn Baptiste
Jn Baptiste

The electoral department hopes to resume the issuance of National Identification (ID) card before the end of 2014, Acting Chief Elections Officer Gasper Jn Baptiste has told St Lucia News Online (SNO).

To date over 1,200 St. Lucians have been issued with alternative “legal” letters consisting of their names, registration numbers, National Insurance Scheme number (NIS), photo of the holder and bearing the signature of the chief elections officer, to temporarily transact business.

Jn Baptiste told SNO in an exclusive interview that the electoral department has been without the custom-made material that is used to make the laminated ID cards for some time now.

He explained that the material used to create these cards takes a maximum of eight weeks to manufacture and that they are in the process of waiting for a batch of the said material.

“For arguments sake I can say in the next three months it will be ready, any comments before the allotted time that has been given, the position will not change because we have to wait until that time,” he added.

Jn Baptiste explained however that this issue has caused an increase in the number of ID cards that should and would have to be issued, when the electoral department receives the material to recommence issuing ID cards.

“I could say with confidence that this will cause a backlog for the department because they are a number of persons that have been applying,” he added.

The electoral department had suspended the issuing of national ID cards sometime in June this year.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I think this statement made by this official is FALSE. I think its just as a result of the Government scaling back on expenses, it just goes to show their priorities are. Politicking, Lacing their pockets, shooting the messenger (Look out SNO...),survival of their friends and well wishers.

    There are so many companies out there who manufacture laminates for Drivers license, ID etc and we could also look to our good friends China or Taiwan for a low cost alternative.

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  2. The shortage dates back to June 2014. If it takes 8 weeks to manufacture, why is there still a shortage? Did they wait a week or two after there were 0 material left to order? Is there no one responsible for stock taking?

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  3. so was there a shortage in the material to begin with?? because u cannot wait until your supplies have finished and then want to order.
    did no one notice that the special cards were almost finished and didn't put in an order for new ones.

    things like this can be avoided.

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      • Government has no money to buy these important materials? We are not referring to material that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, I hope.Maybe they should cancel one of the many overseas trips and use that money instead

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      • Government does not have money? Government continues to borrow and throw the money into the wind, and I am supposed to believe that government does not have money? Is it instead that government is spendthrift, or government exercises poor fiscal responsibility, or government eh know their *donkey from their elbow?

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