The National Registration Bureau will from next week Monday August 8 start to roll out first phase of registration and issuance of national identity cards in Thyolo.
The three day exercise aims to register and issue 200 national identity cards to people aged from 16 years and above in two villages of Magombo and Likwakwanda respectively.
Public Relations Officer for NRB, Norman Fulatira said the first phase wants to practically look at issues which will affect the process and iron them out before the mass registration in 2017.
Those registered will have to wait for a period of two weeks before the national identity can be produced and given to them.
“Government is ready to issue the National Identity Cards. As we are speaking some centres have already started.
“This is the initial phase where we are targeting 5000 citizens selected from a few villages in Chitipa, Lilongwe, Dowa, Mchinji, Mangochi, Salima, Chikhwawa, Blantyre and NkhataBay.
“Basically we are calling it proof of concept because we want to practically do the exercise so that we can see where we have problems and iron them out before the mass registration phase which will take place in 2017,” Fulatira explained.
Fulatira told Malawi News Agency some of the issues they are looking at include data capture speed and comfortability of people with the process.
He explained the national identity is crucial as proof of citizenship as well as its importance in enhancing security in the country.
Fulatira added that the national identity will be important in accessing government social support services like free health services and free fertilizer.
Furthermore the national identity cards will be used for voter identification in the upcoming 2019 general elections.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :