Malawians urged to register for national IDs

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The National Registration Bureau (NRB) has commenced registration for Malawian citizens turning 16 years of age.

This follows the mass registration exercise it carried out in 2017 during which 9.1 million Malawians were registered.

In a statement that Capital FM has seen, the bureau calls on citizens turning sixteen years of age and those with special needs to register of their national identity cards.

The Bureau highlights that every Malawian who turns 16-years-old as required to register within 30 days upon attaining the age of 16. During this period of registration, the NRB points out that people with special needs will be prioritised when they seek services from the bureau.

It is further highlighted that those who fail to register for their IDs have been warned that doing so is an offence punishable by a penalty fee. Out of the 17.5 million people in the country, about 10 million have national IDs.

With funding from the from Malawi Government and several donors that have contributed to a basket fund being run by the United Nations Development Programme (UNGP), the IDs are meant to help improve service delivery, governance, economic and social inclusion of the country’s citizens.


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