A senior Interior Ministry official has said the government is holding incorrect personal information on about two million people due to problems with registering civil records between 2002 and 2006.
Mao Chandara, director of the ministry’s identification department, said the mistakes were mainly incorrect name spellings, or ages and genders, recorded by commune officers carrying out registration.
Mr Chandara made the comments at a meeting on Wednesday, where he said the incorrect records would be revised within two years.
He noted the mistakes made it difficult for people to deal with administrative matters and obtain official certifications.
“Our work to study historical data showed the mistakes,” he said. “The previous mobile registration campaign was unable to respond to the demands of the people.”
Mr Chandara also instructed all officers working on civil records to be more diligent to avoid further mistakes.
Khem Chanvannak, chief of Por Senchey district’s Kakab 2 commune in Phnom Penh, said six people had reported inaccuracies in civil records with his administration in the last two months, including incorrect names and birth dates.
“Some had the wrong dates of birth on their family record book and ID cards. This mistake is the responsibility of both the authorities and the individuals, who did not check properly when officers made the documents,” he said.
He added the mistakes often came from incorrect information provided by family members.
Nov Min, a resident in the commune, said two of her children’s birth dates were different on her family book and their birth certificates.
“When I first did the family record book, I did not remember exactly the date of my children’s birth,” she explained.
She said she had advised her children to attend the commune or district hall to correct the documents.