Mass enrollment for upgraded national IDs starts June-NIRA

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Mass enrollment for upgraded national IDs starts June-NIRA
NIRA ED Rosemary Kisembo.

The National Identification and Registration Authority(NIRA) has revealed that the mass registration for national IDs allover the country will kick off in June this year.

Addressing journalists on Monday, NIRA Executive Director, Rosemary Kisembo said the exercise will be done in all parts of the country to ensure no one is left out.

“In June, we shall begin the mass enrollment and mas renewal exercise for national IDs and this exercise will cover every piece of ground in this country. It will take place at the 10717 parishes in the country,” Kisembo said.

She said the exercise will be done for a period of 10 months and will first consider Ugandans age 16 and above who by September of November must be registered to enable their data captured for the national voters’ register by the Electoral Commission ahead of the 2026 general election.

Section 5 of the Registration of Persons Act mandates NIRA to among other things, create, manage, maintain and operate the National Identification Register, to register citizens of Uganda, to register non-citizens of Uganda, to register births and deaths and to assign a unique national identification number to every person registered in the national identification register.

Biometrics

The NIRA ED said whereas previously, only the face and fingerprints were covered in the national IDs, in the new exercise, they will add the individual’s iris.

“In addition to the fingerprints we are adding the iris which has a unique signature for every person. Even if you are blind, you have an iris. We are increasing the biometrics we are capturing on the register for inclusivity so that if your fingerprints are damaged, your iris can help us uniquely identify you,” Kisembo said.

She explained that with Uganda’s population being at 45million, the national identification register currently has only 27 million, noting that the exercise seeks to add between 17 million and 18 million Ugandans.

Kisembo said even Ugandans abroad will be registered to ensure they get national IDs.

 

 

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