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Citizens urged to collect ID document before Election Day

The Department of Home Affairs has called on citizens to collect their identity documents before Election Day in two weeks time.

Minister Malusi Gigaba says about 250 000 green ID books and smart ID cards have not been collected nationwide.

He has urged political parties and local governments to assist citizens with transport to enable them to collect their documents before voting day.

“Our clarion call therefore is that, one, citizens should collect their ID’s with no delay. Secondly, all Home Affairs stakeholders’ forums are to enlist the support of the communities to distribute the documents.”

“Thirdly, local governments, where possible, should assist citizens struggling to reach Home Affairs offices to collect their documents, including those in remote and rural communities and historically disadvantaged communities. In this regard, providing transport is one of the ways of assisting our people to get their documents.”

Gigaba also announced the extension of working hours for all Home Affairs offices countrywide.

He says the extended working periods will come into operation from the last weekend of July until August 3.

The Minister says the decision to open the client service on extended hours is in line with the department’s mandate, prescribed by the law, to assist and afford the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to deliver a free, fair and credible Local Government Election.

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