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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 13:12

Mangochi surpasses target in national identification exercise

Written by  Marvelous Zinga

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Mangochi, September 13, 2017: Mangochi District has registered positive response in the ongoing National Identification (ID) card registration exercise attaining a 102 percent registration rate. 

Mangochi Assistant District Registrar (ADR), Veronica Mussa, made the revelation on Tuesday during a full council meeting saying the total status of registration for the district was projected at 537,244 but the actual turn out during the exercise was 542,624 representing 102 percent of the projected figure.

Mussa described the outcome as a great achievement saying the turnout of people was overwhelming in almost all centers across the district.

“Mangochi had 240 centers which are also used by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) during elections.  We had 620 teams - that’s 1,240 registration officers and deployment of the officers started on August 9 and ended on August 16,” she highlighted.

However, Mussa outlined some challenges that the exercise faced as technical hitches with the equipment, supervisors being allocated to teams that were scattered in more than three districts with no means of transportation, and rocked in chieftaincy wrangles.

She, however, said there was very little interference from foreigners despite Mangochi being a border district.

“We had very little incidents involving border issues and this was so because chiefs, councilors and Members of Parliament (MP) supported the exercise by mobilizing communities to follow the set regulations,” said Mussa.

The Mangochi ADR announced that three teams would still remain at the district council offices till December to further register those that did not register during the initial campaign period.


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