Commenting on news that there are a large number of forged National ID Numbers and Libyan passports, Libya’s Tripoli-based Acting Minister of the Interior Imad Trabelsi, said during Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting that:
- After 20 days, his ministry will start matching national ID numbers with paper records.
- The Interior Ministry will establish two centres for the Civil Registry, one in Tripoli and the other in a secret place to resort to in cases of forgery.
- We brought 400,000 forms of secured paper from Britain, which will be distributed to all offices of the Authority.
- The aim of this project is to detect forgery in national ID numbers and passports in cooperation with the Office of the Attorney General.
- The Interior Ministry has approved several important projects, including the implementation of the electronic identity card issuance system, and the design of 25,000 electronic passports per day.
It will be noted that an ID number is pivotal to obtaining a bank account, government grants, passports and a voting card in Libya. Hence besides the obvious security risks as a result of forged Libyan national ID numbers, they have social, demographic and financial/economic consequences on Libya.
The most prominent points made by Prime Minister Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba at the last cabinet meeting on Wednesday (libyaherald.com)