Blantyre: National Registration Bureau (NRB) said had it will from next year open registration points in all functional post offices across the country to bring the service closer to citizens.
NRB Public Relations Officer, Norman Fulatira told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Thursday that so far the bureau has managed to register close to 9.1 million Malawians and issued them with national identity cards.
After the 9.1 million mass registration and issuance of national identity cards, NRB moved into the continuous registration exercise to register every birth, death, Malawian citizens of 16 years and above in addition to resident foreigners.
During the voter registration exercise, NRB took advantage to register those who were left out during the mass registration and distribution of these cards will take place during the voters roll verification exercise, he said.
Fulatira said currently the registration exercise is being done in District Registration Office while registration of birth and death is being conducted in health facilities.
Apart from this, NRB plans to open registration counters in some post offices are at an advanced stage to cater for those staying away.
The registration points will also capture birth and death records, the PRO explained.
Meanwhile, people in Blantyre and surrounding areas have applauded NRB for their plans to establish registration points in post offices.
A Blantyre resident, John Khosolo observed that the move would ensure that no one is left behind in getting themselves registered to have a national identity card which serves as a key to citizens’ political and legal rights, including voting, owning property rights or receiving an inheritance.
I applaud NRB for this, considering that post offices are almost in every district making it easier for people to access NRB services easily, he added.
Another Blantyre resident, Chisomo Banda said that, Much as this is a good development as people would be able to get the services at strategic points but there is need for NRB to raise awareness for people to know about it in advance.
The National Mass registration exercise started on May 24, 2017.
It was aimed at complementing government efforts of ensuring that Malawians are obtaining various social services such as health insurance and vaccinations.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA