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A parliamentary committee yesterday acknowledged the need for Mozambique to introduce a single identification number for citizens in order to combat the forgery of personal documents.
The Assembly of the Republic is gathering contributions on a government proposal to revise the Civil Registry Code, chair of the Commission on Constitutional Affairs, Human Rights and Legality Edson Macuacuá announced yesterday.
“In future we will have a single citizen identification number,” instead of having different ones on each document, Edson Macuácuá told the media after hearing the opinion of the Public Prosecutor and magistrates’ representatives.
The measure, he continued, would help combat identification document forgery.
“Today (forgery) is very easy, but with this online system the information will become very reliable,” he said.
Macuácua explained that the new system to be introduced in Mozambique enables the crossing of various statistical databases in possession of the government, such as the general population census, military census, birth registration, and criminal record.
The unique national identification number will also expedite the issuing of identification documents.
“Currently there are cases where a citizen living in Maputo has to go to his/her district of birth to obtain an identity card,” Macuacuá noted.
The adoption of a single citizen identification number would also facilitate the collation of personal data, which at present is somewhat dispersed, he concluded.Source: Lusa / O País