IN preparation for the upcoming local government election on 3 August, the Department of Home Affairs will have in place arrangements to ensure certain services are extended beyond the normal working hours. Accordingly, the following services will be extended to assist clients prior to the election: collection of green barcoded ID books and Smart ID cards and issuance of Temporary Identity Certificates (TICs).The department has committed to ensuring that Home Affairs offices across the country are open on the following days: Saturday, 30 July (08:30 to 17:00); Monday, 1 August (08:30 to 18:00); Tuesday, 2 August (08:30 to 18:00); Wednesday, 3 August (07:00 to 19:00). Arrangements have already been made with the IEC for Home Affairs officials who will be deployed in the provinces on election day to cast special votes on 1 August. Citizens are urged to collect their IDs, with no delay, both the green ID books and Smart ID cards.According to the department, the number of unclaimed identity documents in the Free State is approximately 39 622 (1 832 green IDs) and 37 790 smart cards) and 9 118 in the Northern Cape (136 green IDs and (8 982 smart cards). The department has strongly warned the public that after 3 August, it will revert back to the policy of destroying ID documents unclaimed for over a year. “The policy of destroying uncollected documents is implemented to protect against any potential fraudulent activity. “Therefore, it will be the responsibility of the applicant to lodge a new application and pay the prescribed amount where necessary,” said Mayihlome Tshwete, departmental spokesperson.