A wave of cold weather forced National Registration Bureau (NRB) to temporarily suspend the national registration and Identification System (NRIS) exercise in some parts of Ntchisi District in the Central region of Malawi.
Both NRB district assistant registrar Jemitter Mwale and the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust civic education officer, Bester Chikafutwa confirmed the development.
They said the situation became worse on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
“It was foggy and some of our solar powered gadgets, particularly the biometric registration kits, could not function. In fact, they had no power leading to temporary suspension of the service in sites heavily affected by fog,” Mwale said.
Mwale said the bureau is working towards putting in place systems such as standby power banks to ensure uninterrupted registration exercise.
On the other hand, Chikafutwa said his organisation is satisfied with the high turnout of people coming to register themselves for the national identity cards.
“But that this will not make us slow down in mobilising the people to come forward and register. We will continue mounting mass mobilisation campaign to ensure the message reaches to all corners of the district,” he said.