Nov 9, 2017

It may have sounded like a dream far too ambitious to achieve, when in October 2016, Malawi officially launched the National Registration and Identification System (NRIS project), to establish a comprehensive and accurate system of national identification.

A mass registration campaign was rolled out nationwide on 24th May 2017. Now – just five months later - qualified Malawians are being issued with their first ever National Identity Cards.

The first phase of the distribution of the ID cards by the National Registration Bureau is currently underway in the districts of Mchinji, Ntchisi, Salima, Nkhotakota, Kasungu and Dowa.

Presiding over the distribution of the ID Cards in Mchinji District, was the Norwegian Ambassador, Mr. Kikkan Haugen, who is handing over a card to Venesiya Banda, one of the fist registered Malawians to collect her ID.  

The second consignment of the National ID Cards is expected to arrive in Malawi in the third week of November to be distributed to Dedza, Likoma, Lilongwe and Ntcheu districts.


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