The Directorate of National ID Card Affairs in the Ministry of Interior explained the reasons for the delay in issuing cards to citizens, confirming that the process did not stop.
The Associate Director of National ID Card Affairs, Brigadier General Muhammad Naji Al-Shamri, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): "Completing the national ID card goes through several electronic procedures, and when it is completed by the sub-department, it will be transferred to the main data center for verification and taking several electronic data from the person who will obtain the card."
Regarding the reasons for the delay in issuing the national ID card, he explained that “there is a very high momentum by all Iraqi departments, as in the year 2020 there were 218 departments, but currently there are 336 departments,” noting that “all these numbers of departments complete the processing of citizens through the registered sub-districts where citizens are registered."
He stressed that "the issuing of national ID cards did not stop," noting that "in light of the Corona pandemic, processing were being completed and did not stop at all until now."
On his part, the Minister of Interior, Othman Al-Ghanimi, directed, earlier, the addition of the (SMS) service for electronic reservation on the national ID card, indicating that during the reservation and upon its completion, the citizen will be notified of the date of the reservation by the concerned department, stressing the continuation of work to prevent exploiting the citizens."