One of the major factors hindering the ongoing exercise to register cellular phone numbers in Arusha and most parts of the country happens to be politics. The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority stated in Arusha last week that with less than two months to go before the curtain for registration get closed; the exercise isn't moving as fast as intended. "We have discovered that many people believe the ongoing SIM card registration was aimed at spying their political interests and loyalties during the forthcoming 2010 general elections," revealed Mr Innocent Mungy the TCRA communications manager in Arusha last weekend. He said some people have been going round instilling paranoiac fear among citizens that the government was setting an agenda for monitoring them throughout the next year's campaigning and election period and registering their phones was among the methods that the spying machinery would use. Premature election fever, according to the officials is taking drastic toll to the phone registration exercise which now has less than two months before the deadline. Observations conducted in town on how the SIM card registration in Arusha revealed the exercise was dragging on slowly. Unlike in Dar-Es-Salaam city where people can always register their numbers in streets at tables set up by agents, Arusha residents are still compelled to trek all the way to providers' offices in order to be registered. The providers here, Zain, Vodacom, Tigo and Zantel operate in tiny crumpled offices with few seats and long queues of customers waiting for a number of other services other than SIM cards registration. That together with the possibility of 'wasting valuable time' has been discouraging most Arusha people to register altogether. "This exercise should be going on even during weekends," said Hamis Mohammed a resident of Esso area. In rural areas things are even worse, according to TCRA the lack of photocopy machines in remote parts are rendering the exercise to be almost impossible. "Many people in the villages have identity cards but they have nowhere to photocopy them so the exercise becomes difficult," Mr Victor Nkya the TCRA Director for Zonal Operations stated. In order to register one's cell-phone number a copy of their ID is required by the agents.