Over 9 million people register for National Identity Cards as Malawians make historyDec 5, 2017
It has been described as a transformational milestone and a game charger, as over 9 million people have registered to receive their legal identity at the close of the mass registration campaign. Malawians will soon benefit from the multiple benefits that the National Identity provides. A ‘solution platform’, the Identity Cards will improve how Malawians access essential services including healthcare, voting and financial services by making the processes more transparent and accountable.
Speaking during the official announcement of Mass Registration Statics at the Malawi State House in Lilongwe, President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika thanked all Malawians for receiving the Mass Registration exercise with enthusiasm and registering in large numbers.
“The National Identity Card will unlock our economic and development potential at household and individual levels. This is transformation happening,” Said His Excellency.
He also urged all Malawians to register all children at their respective District Commissioners’ offices to ensure that they have birth certificates as part of the transformational process.
It was announced during the event that over 9 million Malawians have registered during the National Registration and Identity exercises which represents a 100 percent national coverage against the initial target population.
In his remarks, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Chief Technical Advisor Tariq Malik paid tribute to the Registration Officers who worked tirelessly to ensure that the mass registration campaign was a success.
Representing development partners and the European Union, Ambassador Marchel Germann described the mass registration exercise as a significant achievement to the country and that the digital divide that is currently being addressed using the identity system provides an opportunity for Malawi to use technology as a tool for transformation and accountability.
As the development partners who supported the exercise handed over a memorable granite plaque to the President, signifying the transition of Registration Campaign to Continuous Registration and the handing over of all operations to the Malawi Government, it was stressed to all that continuous Registration of all eligible Malawians will continue in all the districts.
The National Registration and Identification System which was launched in 2016 and implemented in 5 phases in all the districts of Malawi was supported by the European Union, UK Aid, United States Agency for International Development, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Irish Aid and the United Nations Development Programme.