Over 7.9million Malawians have registered so far in the past four phases of the national mass registration against the projected total figure of 9 million people.
Project Chief Technical Advisor for the National Registration and Identification System (NRIS), Tariq Malik disclosed this in Mangochi on Wednesday at a press briefing aimed at announcing the results of Phase IV of the Mass Registration Campaign.
Malik described the achievement as very impressive and he expressed optimism that the figures would be even more encouraging come the end of Phase V which is the last phase currently underway in Mzimba, Nkhata Bay, Rumphi, Chitipa and Karonga.
“The 7.9 million people we have registered in the four phases representing about 86 percent of the total targeted figure of 9 million in all five phases,” he explained, adding: “The numbers look very good and we are ahead of schedule already.”
Malik hailed the media and all stakeholders at all levels for job well done in sensitizing and mobilizing members of the public to turn up for the exercise.
Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Grace Chiumia, who made the official announcement of the Phase IV of the mass registration, described the achievement as “dream come true” adding that it had not been an easy road.
The Minister hailed all stakeholders who took part and continue to carry out the exercise saying without their commitment the success would not have been registered.
She said it was pleasing to note that in Phase IV, just as in Phases I, II and III, the NRB had achieved nearly full registration coverage among the eligible population and that so far, registration coverage was at 97.1 percent in Phase IV.
“In terms of figures, in Phase IV, the estimated number of registrants was 1,747,213 and a total of 1,696,730 people were registered, representing 97.1 percent,” Chiumia narrated.
The Minister outlined how the five respective districts in Phase IV had performed starting with Mangochi district where out of 537,244 projected people, 521,381 people registered, representing 97 percent.
Balaka district registered 220,108 people out of the projected 224,014 representing 98 percent while Machinga district had 328,281 people registered out of the projected 325,685 attaining 100.8 percent, according to the Minister.
She disclosed that Zomba district had a projected figure of 444,296 eligible people but 393,768 registered representing 88 percent, and in Phalombe district 215,975 people were projected but 223,192 people got registered, representing 102 percent.
“We are very pleased with the pace at which the mass registration exercise is going: it is much faster than we anticipated,” Chiumia observed adding: “As government, we will ensure that no one is left behind in this campaign so that every citizen of this country has their legal identity in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Target 16.9.”
The Minister praised President Prof. Peter Mutharika for his vision for the exercise and his continued calls for Malawians to register during the Mass Registration.
She commended development partners namely, Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID), European Union (EU), Government of Ireland and Norway, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for their financial and technical support towards the exercise.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :