Lae district inthe Morobe province will bethe first to usethe biometric system. The system will require civil registry of allthe people living in and around Lae city.
It is also to monitorthe moverment of people as a way to address law and order inthe city.
Lae MP and Minister for Community Development Loujaya Toni announced thatthe district would bethe first to use this biometric system.
It has come to light in recent years that Lae city has seen a large influx of people moving intothe city from ther provinces. While this has contributed largely towards increasing illegal settlements and law an order problems,the Lae MP’seesthe use of biometric system has a way forward to containthese problems.
The National Executive Council has approverd an introduction ofthe biometric electronic identification system inthe country that will be developed bythe Chinese giant Huawei technology.
The roll out program was part ofthe government innovation of improving future elections; andthe Lae MP has agreed to have her district pioneer this innovation.
The whole idea of havingthe biometric system set in place is to know exactly how many people are living in Lae city. It will also cater for Morobe’s young in terms of education; people with disabilities; and ther priority areas that have longed been left out in funding allocations.
The new innovation will be tested duringthe local government elections inthe province inthe coming months.
The general sentiment echoed bythe Lae MP is thatthe use ofthe biometric system should help a lot inthe five year development plan of Lae district.
Edwin Fidelis, National EMTV News – LAE