The National Registration Bureau (NRB) will start the registration of national Identity cards in Thyolo on Monday 8 August this year.
The activity will take place in 3 days issuing 200 national identity cards to citizens aged 16 years and above in two villages named Magombo and Likwakwanda respectively.
Speaking to Malawi Punch
NRB Public Relations Officer Norman Fulatira said the first phase will practically look at issues which will affect the process and iron them out before the mass registration in 2017.
“Government is ready to issue the National Identity Cards. As we are speaking some centres have already started,” he said.
“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.
He clarified the national identity is vital as evidence 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.