Over 100 000 people have registered during the first week of the ongoing National Registration and Identification System (NRIS) project , the National Registration Bureau (NRB) has said.
A statement the bureau released last evening says NRB and its partners are impressed that the mass registration of Malawian citizens for national identification cards has started on a high note, with many eligible Malawians visiting centres to get registered.
“The bureau also acknowledges challenges so far met, including resignation of at least three staff due to personal reasons, which should be respected as a human right. The bureau has also noted challenges because of chilly weather in Mchinji and Ntchisi districts under phase one.
“In conjunction with stakeholders, the NRB is doing everything possible within limited resources to ensure that no eligible citizen is denied the opportunity to register because of these hiccups,” reads part of the statement signed by NRB spokesperson Norman Fulatira.
The statement further says the bureau and all key stakeholders, including the United Nations and key development partners, are happy with the progress made so far.
“NRB, therefore, encourages Malawians to appreciate that the Mass Registration Drive is a national initiative of government for the people and by the people of Malawi,” it adds.
The NRIS project, which started last week, is a government project being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from the Government of Malawi, European Union (EU), UK Government, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Irish Aid, and United States Agency for International Development (Usaid). n