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2.4 million Haitian ID cards missing

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, HT ( – 2.4 million identification cards produced by the National Identification Office (ONI) during the Martelly administration (2011-2016) are missing according to a report given to the Justice Ministry, Wednesday, following an investigation by the institution’s director.

Roughly 6 million cards were produced during the time span and 40% cannot be accounted for and had never reached their true owners. “These cards are totally outside of the control of ONI,” said newly installed Director General Wilson Fièvre in his report.

The Sentinel has been in contact with one member of the Haitian Diaspora living in Georgia, United States. In this case the citizen says he had applied for his identification in early 2015 and had not received it or given explanation, even after multiple attempts.

The investigation showed that the missing cards and numbers produced under former ONI DG, Jean Baptiste Saint-Cyr, appointed by former President Michel Martelly, had been used in many transactions, including voting in the 2015 elections.

Minister of Justice and Public Security (MJSP), Camille Edouard Jr., told the press Wednesday, “indeed, I received the report of the Director General of ONI informing me that there are about 2,400,000 CINs (National Identification Cards) that were produced and not delivered to their recipients.”

Minister Edouard continued to say, “there is a risk that these CIN numbers can be used for other purposes, while their real owners have not obtained them, and are outstanding.”

The head of the MJSP gave no real concrete solutions to solving the problem. He said “in the interest of transparency, Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles and all government ministers were informed of the need for a thorough check on all actions and contracts with CINs in order to prevent more serious blunders.”

The minister also stressed the importance of identity in order to allow a citizen to fully enjoy their civil and political rights. For example, voting.

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.