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Angola registers 2.1 million citizens and grants over one million identity cards

In 2020, Angola granted birth certificates to 2,179,313 citizens and granted 1,098,703 identity cards for the first time, the Minister of Justice and Human Rights said this Friday at an evaluation meeting last year.


Francisco Queiroz said, at the opening of the balance meeting of the Mass Registration Program for the Birth Registration and Attribution of the Identity Card, launched in November 2019, that registrations were made in 480 locations, among villages, neighborhoods and sections, with the entire population registered in eight provinces and 145 identity cards were issued abroad for the first time.

According to the minister, the year 2020 was marked "by a great spirit of persistence", because despite the constraints, with greater emphasis on the covid-19 pandemic, it was possible to consolidate the program, making it one of the most important activities. which the Justice and Human Rights sector has been developing.

The official pointed out as major achievements in 2020, the dissemination of identification posts throughout the country and abroad, namely in Portugal, France, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia, work that will continue this year.

The justice and human rights minister stressed that, given the magnitude of the program and its transversality for the country, the President will be proposed to the coordinated and articulated intervention of other ministerial departments and other institutions.

"We will continue to count on those who, body and soul, have given themselves to the program. Among them, it is worth highlighting our volunteers who, without any counterpart, face daily challenges for the nation, in favor of granting citizenship to Angolans," said Francisco Queiroz.

The minister highlighted the various interventions, namely by the military, provincial governments, municipal and communal administrations, churches, traditional authorities, farmers and civil society organizations.

The minister requested greater support from the police, with a view to guaranteeing the security of the equipment for issuing the identity card, which has been the object of assaults and robberies, jeopardizing the attribution of the document to many people.

Despite the successes achieved, Francisco Queiroz expressed concern about the quality of the records or the correct use of smart books, a challenge that must be overcome.

"In this regard, I recommend that the provincial delegates evaluate the way the brigadiers have carried out the birth registration, as gross errors have been identified", underlined the minister, auguring that it is possible to have the entire population identified by 2022.

The program aims, by 2022, to register nine million citizens and award six million identity cards.