One million residents receive e-ID cards

Officials have handed out about 1 million of 4.6 million e-ID cards that are ready for distribution, Jakarta Civil Registration Agency chief Purba Hutapea said on Tuesday.

Purba attributed the delays to residents who did not go to their offices for fingerprint verification.

"We have summoned residents to verify their fingerprints before distributing the cards. However, most residents did not show up," Purba said as quoted by

Data collection for the cards, which display biometric watermarks, was completed in April.

Purba said that the agency would visit the residents at home to complete the verification and distribute the cards. Family members could also pick up their relatives' cards as long as the representatives could confirm the data.

Meanwhile, in South Jakarta, 70 of 700,000 e-IDs distributed were damaged and had to be withdrawn, he said.

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