The cards were issued to people in early June, while registering to vote in the upcoming General Election of November 25, at one of the seventy-eight polling stations around Tonga.
The Office of the Tonga Electoral Commission made several radio broadcast announcements regarding the venue and time of distributions of the cards. The cards for the outer islands constituencies will soon be available at each respective Government offices in those islands, whilst those who were unable to pick their cards in Tongatapu last Saturday, are to collect them from the Tonga Electoral Commission office in Nuku'alofa this week.
The National Identity Card will be used by all registered voters as a form of identification when they go to one of the seventy-eight polling stations to cast their votes in the upcoming General Election in November. The National ID Card is valid for 5 years from the date it is issued.
Canada Bank Note, a company who also produces Tonga's passports and is renowned for its cutting edge in information technology (IT) and security features technology for identification documents, has produced the National Identification cards whilst the personalisation of the bearer's details is undertaken and printed on the cards at the Office of the National Identity Card. This project is being funded by the Government of Tonga.
In future, the National ID card will be issued to residents of Tonga who are fourteen years old and older, and maybe used an alternative identification documentl to passports or a driver's licence.
Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2010.