Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) spokesman Sangwani Mwafulirwa on Thursday swiftly refuted a newspaper article in the flagship Daily Times which reported that Malawians will in 2019 elections use National IDs to vote instead of voter registration cards.
The paper quoted Elvis Salagi, Chief Registration Officer for Population at the National Registration Bureau (NRB).
“The ID cars will be used for the polls and we are very certain about that. MEC will not be bother to produce IDs for voters,” salagi is quoted as saying.
He made the comment after receiving biometric equipment worth K800 million which was bought from France meant for the registration exercise.
But reacting to the story, MEC spokesman rejected what Salagi said.
“That is not true,” Mwafulirwa said omMalawi Media Hub , a chat forum for Malawi journalists on Whatsapp.
He said the story has “glaring factual erros “ and promised to issue a statement.
“Malawians will need to register [to get voter IDs to enable them vote],” Mwafulirwa said.
Meanwhile, Salagi said NRB is expected to register 9 million Malawians by next year.
The registration and issuance of National ID’s is one of the priority areas of Government under the current Public Service Reform Program.
The National Registration Bureau (NRB) was officially set up in 2007 in line with the National Registration Act No. 13 of 2010. The bureau is mandated to establish, implement, coordinate, manage and maintain the National Registration Information System (NRIS) for Malawi.