The Mass Registration Campaign for a National Identity Card has mobilized 3.8 million Malawians in the first two of the project’s five phases, which means that nearly all the projected population has turned out for registration in these districts of the country.
The National Registration Bureau has now registered over 2 million people in all districts of Phase 2, which equals full coverage of all the projected eligible registrants.
Meanwhile, the final number of registrants in Phase 1 has been adjusted upwards from 1.68 million to 1.72 because some registration kits have remained behind in these districts.
As Phase 2 is over, some registration teams have also been left in the districts to serve those persons who were unable to go and register during the active campaign.
National and local media have since the campaign started at the end of May continuously provided imagery of long lines of citizens, patiently queuing at the registration centers. This determination to obtain a legal identity has created a strong sense of ownership of this endeavor among the people of Malawi.
It is emphasized that the registration is based on the principle of universal coverage, leaving no one behind. It is stressed that registration is free and discrimination in registration will not be tolerated in any form. NRB continues to urge parents to bring along their children under 16 years of age to register for a birth certificate