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.