Grenada to re-issue new voter ID cards


Grenada's Parliamentary Elections Office (PEO) says all of the country's estimated 80, 000 registered voters will have to be re-issued due to a technical hitch.

All cards issued from 2012 will automatically expire on 31 January 2020 and though the problem was identified months ago, the PEO said that legal review and guidance have not identified a specific legal solution currently in law, but proposals were submitted to the Attorney General’s chambers for consideration to resolve the challenge.

The entire list of voters will need new identification cards as of February 1 this year, because of a hiccup within the new software that had been designed for Grenada’s fingerprint electronic system.

The system came into effect in 2012 and was developed by the Canadian company 3M, which since 2015 had been sold and no longer provides support service to the PEO.

The new company owners allowed the PEO to continue using the software but all technical support service was outsourced to a local ICT solution company.

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