By Alfred Mthandizi
Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Grace Obama says the National Registration Bureau has registered 1.68 Million Malawians. Chiumia said the figure is 5% short of the projected 1.76 Million representing a failure rate of 5%.
Chiumia described the statistics as a great success. Chiumia said NRB failed to meet the 100% target because of challenges experienced in the registration centres, such as the charging of equipment.
Chiumia said the figures are from Mchinji, Ntchisi, Salima, Nkhota Kota, Kasungu and Dowa. “In Ntchisi we registered 96% of the population as we estimated that we will be able to register 158,521, but we managed to register 152,071. In Salima we registered 96% that is 212,181 when estimated target was 221,357. Similarly, in Nkhota Kota where we estimated that we would be able to register 213,584 citizens, we managed to register 204,641 which is 96 percent,” said Chiumia.
Chiumia said that the government acknowledged challenges with the Biometric Registration Kits managing NR1 forms. However Chiumia was thankful for the effort and dedication displayed by the team. “We could deal with most of these challenges instantly, and we continue to do so. We also recognize the crucial job that was done from the outset by the NICE Public Trust in mobilizing masses of Malawians to register.” said Chiumia.
PHASES SO FAR
1. Kasungu, Dowa, Mchinji, Nkhotakota, Salima and Ntchisi from 28th May -15th July 2017.
2. Likoma, Lilongwe, Dedza and Ntcheu from 1st July -18th August
3. Nsanje, Chikhwawa, Neno, Mulanje, Thyolo, Mwanza, Blantyre and Chiradzulo from 4th August -21st September
4. Mangochi, Machinga, Balaka, Zomba and Phalombe from 7th September -25th October
5. Chitipa, Karonga, Rumphi, Nkhata Bay and M’mbelwa(Mzimba) from 11th October-28th November.