NRB refuses opposition MCP  to audit  Malawi ID data

National Registration Bureau has ruled out allowing Malawi Congress Party (MCP) experts into the pollster voter register data base, saying the opposition has the data already.

MEC Director of ICT Muhabi Chisi clarifying some of the allegations on the registration exercise during the press briefing in Lilongwe-pic by Lisa Kadango
NRB Chief Director Macford Somanje speaks during the MEC press briefing in Lilongwe-pic by Lisa Kadango

MCP politicians say they fear the data base has been manipulated to add more voters who would vote for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party DPP) presidential candidate President Peter Mutharika.

Muhabi Chisi, MEC IT expert told a news conference Tuesday in Lilongwe that its voter rolls dat is open for inspection and that the main opposition, the MCP and UTM have the data already following a court order.

“The main opposition parties have this data already in their possession following the Constitutional Court order, so there is no need to give them similar data,” he said.

But the director general of the National Registration Bureau (NRB) Macford Somanje said it would be unlawful to allow a private entity get into its data base as demanded by the MCP  as  that will contravene Section 44 of the National Registration Act (2010).

“We are a government entity. It is only the National Audit Office or a company certified by the National Audit Office  (NAO) which can conduct audit into our data base,” he said.

He said the NAO  has already certified a private company which will do the auditing exercise on the same soon.

“NRB is a government entity and all government institutions are not audited by a non authorised private firm or person,” Somanje said.

He said the procedure for government department audit is that the NAO  conducts an audit on systems as well as processes and procedures for NRB.

“When that is done, they are supposed to submit the report to the Public Accounts Committee (of Parliament) and it is the duty of the Public Accounts Committee to scrutinise the recommendations done by the audit office,” he added.

He further  stressed that to let MCP do an audit of a national register is “not acceptable.” Somaje said he was of the view that the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Association of Malawi has made a recommendation through a press statement that the NRB data must be audited by a private firm.

“Our response is that the Data Protection Act does not allow private individuals to look into the national register, hence we will not allow our laws to be broken.

“The only people that can access the data are the ones that have been mandated by the law, as such NRB will make sure that they do not allow the data to be available to people who are not mandated,” he said.

Somanje said NRB registers people  of 16 years old and above for issuance of National ID whilst MEC registers 18 years old and above for voting purposes.

“Therefore the two separate databases cannot have the same number of records,” Somanje said in tensed tone.

He warned that unauthorised disclosure or exposure of personal details of registrants in the National ID Database contravenes both the National Registration Act (2010) as well as the E-transactions and Cyber Security Act (2016).

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john phiri
john phiri
9 months ago

something is not right. the oposition want to be everything . they have already assumed that they have the presidency at hand but what to do with it they have no idea, they are auditors and judges , thugs name it . somebody will be in for a shock. but this time round the ntambos will be zambia and the white one in mozambique

Mtete
Mtete
9 months ago

Interesting. Maybe this the reason Botoman is pussyfooting on Access To Information Law

Malawi belong to the citizens

Allow them to check,we want transparent election.mukukana why?

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
9 months ago

Osaopsezanapo apa
Kaphale amalandila kuwila malipilo siconco.
violating our rights to using our taxes unawfully
mec paid the south african lawyers large amount of money for a job not done.
same thing violating our rights.

Its me Dr Ben Phiri, University of Mashonaland
Its me Dr Ben Phiri, University of Mashonaland
9 months ago

I was just laughing when Muhab Chisi was lecturing innocent journalists who do not even know how a database system works. Of course, he tutored them but if ICT/Information Systems were present, I hope Muhab Chisi could have sweated parafin. 1. He said that MEC database accepts duplicates. Does not this compromise data integrity. Why all this redudancy if the database is nomalised. 2. He also said that one cannot vote twice becuase MEC data only recognise the fisrt voter registrant not the duplicates. So when I have superior privelages to access the MEC database can I fail to change… Read more »

ASHU
ASHU
9 months ago

Very soon , the NRB and MEC registers will be audited as indicated by Suleman. This just show that NRB and MEC are coniving to steal votes by duplicating names. Why keeping data that is rubbish. Why not deleting it. Fortunately, you are not the ones to preside over the forth coming election.That’s why the courts said that you are incompetent and you don’t want to change. kkkkkkkkkkk

Nabetha
Nabetha
9 months ago

It is inept to say that you cannot give MCP a copy of the registered voters because they have a previous copy. That cant be a reason. The record in their possession is a previous one but for the sake of transparency they need to have a new printout that should match with the old record. Last time you refused to provide the original tally sheets, here you go again refusing to share the current record of the total registered voters. MCP being the stakeholder of the upcoming election has the right to ask for this record. The media houses… Read more »

Mulopwana
9 months ago

Cadets!!!!

Jerusalem Bible College
Jerusalem Bible College
9 months ago

I can once agree with NRB, MCP is not supposed to show details of people who are in the system. Our personal information must be protected and not abused. Sulamani must know this. Let’s respect people’s privacy and sort out your issues using proper way.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
9 months ago

Our Human right had already been violated from the orders of Jean and pitala in the using of TIPPEX.
dont you think this is enough to teach nrb and mec????????
we did what was right and from pre preaching on how we should vote by jean then we got a stab at our backs all bcoz them want to continue with the CORRUPTION.
NRB THE DATA WILL BE OUT AND AUDITED SOON. AND THAT WILL PUT MALAWIANS OF GOOD WILL AT PEACE.
SOMANJEEEEE

Maiye
Maiye
9 months ago

Which privacy you taking about? Just your name and surname age and village, and for your own personal thinking how many people does see your I’d when you are dealing with some other evidence of you and very important? Mmm let’s be honest and serious kkkkk privacy registration form data😂😄😂😂 politics

kaukonde
kaukonde
9 months ago

I need to sue Sulemani how he got my private data from NRB. These thugs want to target us.

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