- Online passport application to reduce passport backlog.
- How will it help Zimbabwe?
- No launch date announced.
According to a report by The Herald, the Registrar general online platform will enable a system for passport seekers to apply for the document and schedule appointments with the registrar’s office in the comfort and safety of their homes.
Despite not having a launch date, the move is expected to greatly reduce the passport backlog in Zimbabwe and reduce human congestion and corruption at the registrar’s offices, a problem Zimbabwe has been having for a long time.
How will the online system help Zimbabweans?
The first good news about the update is that you won’t have to go into town to collect your documents as they will be delivered for collection at your nearest Zimpost. This saves applicants both time and money going to and from the CBD which can be a hustle as the transport system has collapsed.
More so, registrars offices have been a COVID-19 hotspot as people are always queuing in their hundreds either to apply or collect vital documentation. The new online system will greatly reduce the number of people visiting the registrar’s offices as the collection will be done locally and applications online, reducing physical contact and chances of contracting the virus.
The new system will also see a lot of people receive their long-awaited passports as it is set to reduce the passport backlog in Zimbabwe which currently seat 250 000 datings back in 2016.
But it’s not all glitter
The fact that we don’t have a launch date puts everything in doubt, as with everything the government is responsible for. If the platform does manage to come to life, buying data might be expensive but not as expensive as the time and money used to get to and fro the registers’ office.