Over 100,000 national ID cards could be made available to Dominicans by the end of 2013.
This is according to Health Minister Julius Timothy.
Speaking at a Dominica Labour Party rally on Tuesday night in Roseau, Timothy said that Cabinet has given the commitment to provide US$96,000 for the issuance of the first 100,000 cards.
This is in addition to a US$3.14 million contract awarded to 3M Innovative Properties to provide multipurpose ID cards to Dominicans.
“Based on the project plan, the electoral commission will begin to issue identification cards before the end of this year. So our national ID cards will be ready and issued. Their (United Workers Party) main purpose of wanting the voter ID is to try to disenfranchise certain Dominicans. They want certain Dominicans not to be able to vote but they are making a sad mistake,” Timothy said.
The United Workers Party had campaigned for the issuance of voter identification cards which they say will ensure free and fair elections. It forms part of the party’s call for electoral reform in Dominica.
Timothy said all Dominicans eligible to vote, will be issued with national ID cards.
“Whether they are in Soufriere, Capuchin, Russia, China, USA, once they are eligible to vote, they will have ID Cards,” he said.
UWP political leader Edison James has said that his party is not against national ID cards but has insisted that only those who are eligible to vote should be allowed to use national ID cards for that purpose.