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1.       COMMENCEMENT OF BIRTH AND DEATH REGISTRATION UNDER THE NATIONAL REGISTRATION ACT OF 2010 – 1st August, 2015

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On one Wednesday morning in the month of June this year, I met a young lady, Martha Phiri outside the Capital City Branch of the National Bank of Malawi in Lilongwe. Martha, probably in her early 20s stood motionless and shaking her head looking more confused.  Asked about her problem, Martha indicated, “I wanted to open a bank account in order to easily access funds from my cousin who stays in Blantyre”.  The bank could not assist her because she had no identity to authenticate her status.  Martha had lost her voter’s ID that she used as an identity for so long.

1st August, 2015 will go down in the history of Malawi as the day when the country shifted from optional birth and death registration for indigenous citizens [as per the Birth and Death Registration Act of 1904] to universal and compulsory birth and death registration for all in the country [as per the National Registration Act of 2010].

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