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Demand for NICs rises ahead of polls

by Ananda Kannangara

The Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) will deploy additional staff to ease the demand for at least 100,000 National Identity Cards (NIC's) by people from all parts of the country during the forthcoming election period.

According to the Election Department sources nearly 400,000 persons are entitled new voting rights for the April 2 General Elections.

"Although NIC's are not mandatory to cast the vote in our country at least 35 per cent of persons receiving voting rights are in the habit of applying for NIC's during every election time," DRP, Commissioner, Wijaya Ranasinghe told the Daily News.

"Requesting NIC's in large numbers during election times is a general procedure and we are prepared to meet any demand as in previous years,"

He said that islandwide Divisional Secretariats will soon be informed on the program and steps will also be taken to obtain applications to the Department on time.

"So that the distributing process could be made as early as possible," he said.

Ranasinghe said that they expect to launch the program at the Department Head office, Kappettipola Mawatha, Colombo from the end of this month," See page 10

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