The National Registration Bureau (NRB) has said it has registered 3.8 million people in the first two phases of the national registration exercise that started in May.
In a statement issued Wednesday, NRB said the figure has covered nearly the projected population the bureau hoped to register in the 10 districts of phases one and two of the exercise.
“The National Registration Bureau has now registered over two 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,” reads the statement.
The bureau has further commended the work done by the media during the exercise and the willingness of Malawians to obtain the legal identity.
“National and local media have since the campaign started at the end of May continuously provided imagery of long queues of citizens, patiently queuing at the registration centres. This determination to obtain a legal identity has created a strong sense of ownership of this endeavour among the people of Malawi. It is emphasised 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,” it reads.
The exercise is divided in five phases with a projection of registration over 9 million people across the country.
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