Mobile Service to issue Identity Documents in the Northern Province:2236 apply for birth certificates in the north
2236 residents of the North who do not have birth certificated submitted
applications to the mobile identity document service organized by Campaign for
Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE,) Department for Persons Registration and
Centre for Human Rights (CHR) in the last six days. These programs are
implemented targeting in Kilinochchi, Vanni and Jaffna Districts.
1584 people applied for birth certificates during the Mobile Clinic held at
Karachchi Divisional Secretariat held between the 9th and 11th and another 649
people applied for birth certificates between the 16th and 18th July.
Executive Director of CaFFE Keethi Tennakoon said the reason to start this
programme is because many people in this area have undergone immense
hardships due to the non-availability of birth certificates, which is a mandatory
applying for the valid identity documents that are mandatory for voting.
Tennakoon added that this problem has risen, as there was no proper
mechanism during the wartime to issue birth certificates to the people.
Due to the non-availability of birth certificates these people are unable to apply
for the National Identity Card. Due to this reason the fundamental rights of the
northern people, especially their voting rights have been violated. Therefore
this programme is to be implemented in Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Mannar
Districts Tennakoon stated.