Mauritius: Attorney General Maneesh Gobin launches E-application for Certificate of Character

Mauritius: In a bid to ease access to services and uplift the quality of life of citizens, the e-application for Certificate of Character was launched in the presence of the Attorney General, Mr Maneesh Gobin, at Sir Harilal Vaghjee Memorial Hall, in Port Louis.

Henceforth, the public can submit their application for a Certificate of Character electronically by accessing the link https://ecertificateofcharacter.govmu.org/.

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The applicant will be able to download his/her electronic copy of the Certificate of Character after the authorities concerned have completed the process of the application.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mr Abdool Rashid Ahmine, the Superintendent of Police, Mr Chetanandsingh Dawonauth, and other personalities were also present at the event.

In his address, the Attorney General highlighted Government’s policy to make services more accessible to the public and to ease the administrative hassle as well as the long waiting period that the public usually faces for these procedures.

In this endeavour, he indicated that Government of Mauritius has brought several other initiatives, namely the Citizen Support Unit, MoKloud platform and Mo RendezVous platform, to increase proximity between the public and authorities.

As regards, the e-application for the Certificate of  Character, he recalled that the project was announced in Budget 2019-2020 to the tune of some Rs 4.5 million, spanning over three financial years. The Attorney General expressed his satisfaction concerning the implementation of the project while adding that it will bring great relief to the population.

For his part, the DPP indicated that the Character Certificate is governed by the Certificate of Character Act 2012 (No 18/2012) Amended. The official document is issued by the Office of the DPP, which states whether or not a person has previous convictions recorded against him/her in the Republic of Mauritius.

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He spoke of the pressing need to upgrade the system as there has been a considerable increase in the number of applications for Certificate of Character from 51662 applications in 2011 to 94 466 applications in 2022.

As for Mr Dawonauth, he stated that the MPF is a key stakeholder in the project along with the Office of the DPP. He dwelt on the MPF’s Strategic Plan 2022- 2025, which aims at enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation and providing quality services. Some 250 applications are expected on a daily basis, he said, adding that both the online system and the existing system will remain operational to the public. 

E-application for Certificate of Character

The applicant will need to log in to the system with their credentials of the Maupass platform for authentication to start the application. Online payment facilities are provided on the E-Certificate of Character system and can be effected for now only via credit card payment and debit card. In addition to the online application, the current system of applying for a Certificate of Character will remain operational.

For any additional information, the Helpdesk at the Crime Records Office at Line Barracks, Port Louis, may be contacted on 2149794 or by visiting the nearest Divisional Police Headquarters or through an email at coc-support@govmu.org.