Opposition demand Malawi national IDs suspended: ‘Its DPP rigging scheme’

Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) said the national  identification card exercise which has been put as a prerequisite for one to be eligible to vote in the 2019 Tripartite Elections.the national  must be suspended claiming it is the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government tool to rig elections in 2019.

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The MPs said this on Thursday in Parliament after forcing an adjournment on the matter.

The matter was raised by Kasungu central legislature Amon Nkhata who proposed that the IDs should not be used as a voting cards in 2019 general elections.

Speaking on Standing Order 14 on issues of national importance, Nkhata asked the Minister of Home Affairs to clarify why registration officials were sending pople back because a quota was reached for the day.

“There are irregularities in Kasungu at Boma School where there was inadequate stationery and there are reports that workers are demanding a fee from people to process the registration,” he said.

Nkhata further said the process is taking three days before a card is printed.

He said there was a possibility that some people would not come back to collect their cards.

“This is why we see it as a rigging process. If people were aware that their names were being registered for election purposes as well, they would register en masse,” Nkhata said.

Lilongwe North MP Patricia Mkanda (MCP) urged the authorities to suspend the registration because of the challenges.

She argued that starting the registration in the Central Region would mean that those aged below 16 in the region would not be registered while those in Northern and Southern regions would be registered because they will have turned 16 by November.

Dowa West MP Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi (MCP) said the registration age should be reduced to 14 because these would be aged 16 by 2019.

According to the MP, there are  concerns of poor public awareness, no forms for others , poor planning and faulty equipment.

“If the  exercise faces such kind of problems, how do you expect that the elections will be fare?,” he wondered.

Mchinji west MP Jephter Mwale said “as in my area, all the computers are not functioning. This means that many people in most areas in the central will not registered than in other regions.”

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) chief whip Lobin Lowe wondered why the Malawi Electoral Chairperson disclosed to Malawians that the IDs will be used in 2019 elections some weeks after the exercise started.

Mzimba south west legislature Khumbo Kachali asked the minister of civic education to say if there is a plan to use the IDs in 2019 elections.

In her response, Minister of civic education Cecelia Chazama admitted that MEC signed the memorandum of understand with her ministry and National Registration Bureau (NRB) on 31 May, 2017.

Leader of opposition who is also MCP President Lazarus Chakwera asked the house to come up, with a committee that will be mandated to monitor the whole process.

The government side was just silent during the discussion.

Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Grace Chiumia conceded that challenges were being experienced in the exercise such as the breaking down of equipment.

On people being sent back, Chiumia said there was a cut off number of 80 a day to allow registration personnel capture data accurately.

However, she said the ruling DPP has no plan to rig 2019 general elections using the process.

The project has been funded by the Malawi Government and development partners to the tune of $49 694 000 (about K36.5 billion). Currently, over 100 000 people have been recorded to have been registered with the registration process expected to end in December.

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19 thoughts on “Opposition demand Malawi national IDs suspended: ‘Its DPP rigging scheme’”

  1. santana says:

    Mwayamba kale mwayamba kale kunjenjemera!!!!!!!

  2. Keen Observer says:

    I agree with Cheryl Wanimiliyoni he has correctly or clearly put it. And just to add on that issue of lack of awareness I believe that the MPS themselves are obliged to make sure that their constituents are well aware the importance of this registration. I’m outside the boarders of our beautiful country but I know about this campaign of mass registration very well so how about someone who is in the Republic? Just work with the government to rectify wherever there are hitches. Come on guys. Rigging votes?

  3. Che Wanimiliyoni says:

    I stand to be corrected but my thinking is that NRB can not manage to issue IDs to every eligible and legitimate Malawian within 2 years. This is just a free mass registration exercise and the process is on-going but it will be paid for after that. What MEC said was that all those who will have managed to get this ID they will use it as a primary identification for registration during the 2019 General Elections but those who will not have managed to have it they will use the other means of identification not that they will not vote. This national IDs issue has being on radio since 3 years ago when Malawians were being encouraged to go to their home villages and register and for somebody to say that there was not a mass awareness campaign for people to register for the IDs it is a blue lie. Please desist from politicizing this national ID process. People should be encouraged to get this ID so that they be identified as a legitimate Malawian and not as one of the steps to vote during 2019 general elections.

    1. Munthu says:

      Thank you tell them. You cannot suspend the exercise it stupid and shows lack of foresight. For those who will not have registered MEC will devise alternative ways to ensure that nobody is denied the right to vote. Unfortunately Hon. Chazama is sending wrong messages

  4. lottie says:

    These fears are baseless.

  5. mjomba says:

    ine national Id ndikuifuna kaya anthu adzaberana zisankho izo ndi zao koma national ID ikufunika mu dziko muno, amene mwajambulitsa kale musapangitse azanu kuti asakhale nayo national ID. ngati mwapeza kuti boma lidzabera chisankho bwanji osangopeza njira yoti asadzakubeleni.
    ndale zisamasokoneze chitukuko ayi, moti mabungwe apeleka ndalamawo sakudziwa zakubazo. otsutsa timakulemekezani koma izi zokha zisiyeni. osamayang`ana za chisankho zokha ayi, bwanji lero mutuluke mu Parliament`mo ndikuyenda mu mseu kuliuza boma kuti lilipile maphuzitsi ana alowe mkalasi osati zopusazo.

  6. odala says:

    Ife a DPP kubela kuli m’magazi. There are so many ways of killing a cat so long if you are serious of killing it. Do you remember that its the same DPP that suffocated PP’s phones. They could not hear each other during 2014 elections. When one door is closed for cheating another door opens for us. We are not pompus at all but election cheating is in our blood. If we did it when we were outside the government, what more when we are in the government. More undistinguished fire.Remember central region ruled Malawi for 30 years, south will rule it for 25 years by the end of this term. Primary school mathematics is showing that we just need 5 years more from 2019 to 2024 plus plus. For north you know its position on presidency, ask Jeffrey wa Jeffrey in case you have forgotten or Jappie Mhango. I mean north will never produce a president.

  7. mcfield says:

    This is from the deep down of Malawian citizens that this IDs should not be used as voter IDs otherwise we will never stop singing the same song of rigging. Oppositions do your best to stop this.

  8. Chikuniwenda says:

    dzenje lolionera patali silivuta kudumpha .opposition parties standup its high time you have lobbed your victory

  9. chimanga says:

    DPP yatchera ku mwezi nkhanga zaona

  10. smart says:

    Let the National ID progress but that is should not used in the national voting exercise.MEC SHOULD COME UP WITH THEIR OWN IDS

  11. thunguwire says:

    am one of the Supervisor of NRB in this ID project, my worry was also on the same, we were told that it will take 60 to 90 days for the ID to be issued to a person from the day of capturing data, and at the same time MEC starts their exercise of voters verification next year in February 2018, my Question was who will MEC verify Using IDs yet my then Majority of Malawians will not have received their IDs,. 2019 elections but due to challenges of Brackout etc am very sure that by then some people will not hav their IDs at hand…

  12. a stranger from DPP says:

    No stone will be left unturned in the road to 2019. Big up opposition. We want any winner of the 2019 elections to win genuinely. Jane Ansar can do better. She can borrow a leaf from Anastasia Msosa.

  13. Linda says:

    Can we stop politics for once and move forward. Get real opposition!

  14. namarika says:

    Opposition, please, don’t lose focus on this, mutharika is a useless leader, his first term has let us down, the country is in a mess, he should not rule us through rigging again. Another five years to mutharika will be disastrous. If it’s in good faith, the ID trials should have been one or two districts in each region. Why in central region only?

  15. mmc says:

    Retrogressive Malawians am sure if the process was started in south that would also be rigging of the highest older llikewise if it was started in the north synod would have arleady sued NRB now….get real people we need to move forward

  16. Kent Y.G. Mphepo says:

    What I personally have failed to understand about this is why only Central Region districts were targeted for the project’s trial phase without mentioning whether the districts would be given another chance for the second round knowing that it would take a considerable amount of time before the majority of people comprehend the value of the exercise and begin to go for registration. I expected the bureau to stagger the trial phase accross regions. I, for example, expected them to initially pick two districts in the North, three districts in the Center and four districts in the Southern Region based on population dynamics. This approach would have reduced suspicions. I just hope that MEC and government will tread carefully on this matter. It seems that 2019 will be a difficult year for MEC. I don’t envy Justice Ansah and I think her work is really cut out for her! But I wish her well. A very unique woman.

    Good night,

    Kent Y.G. Mphepo

  17. vavlov says:

    Good for opposition to notice this. Dont lose this fight, make sure IDs are not used as eligibility criterion for 2019 general election. Seal all loop holes for rigging. The ruling party is doing very badly, therefore they shouldn’t be allowed to rig the general election

  18. mtete says:

    Well done opposition. Keep up the pressure. The Voter Registration Law should not be tampered with.

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