City Hall issued a statement on Wednesday dismissing information that civil registration certificates, including ID cards, would include fees after the national election in July and asked authorities to find and punish those who spread the false information.
The statement came after a small group of people reportedly urged residents in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district to have their ID cards produced free of charge before the election or else they would pay for the service after the election.
The statement said the government has regulations to not charge fees for ID cards, residence books, family books or certificates of birth, marriage and deaths.
“The authorities have to take action and find any individual who has disseminated and misrepresented the facts relating to ID cards and ask people to provide information in order to arrest those responsible so they can be punished according to the law,” the statement added.
In December 2016, the ministries of Interior and Finance issued an announcement saying that ID cards, civil status records, residence books and family books would be produced free of charge.
City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey said yesterday that according to the information he received, the case occurred in Daun Penh district, but he could not identify any suspects.
“We informed our people because we are afraid that they will be confused and believe in those people. So when we got the information, we have to send our authorities to investigate and arrest them,” Mr Meas Pheakdey said.
“I would like to confirm again that having the civil registration certificates produced is free of charge both before and after the election. Our government has already said that there are no fees for those services.”
Path Makara, a resident from Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district, hailed City Hall’s action and urged authorities to speed up the process of producing the documents to make it easier for people. “I went to have a residence book made, but I have not received it after nearly a year,” Mr Makara said.