Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Malawi Pres. Chakwera says National IDs to have no expiry date


Isn’t this beautiful that National IDs now will have no expiry date unlike as is currently the case? Well, this is what Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera intimated during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered yesterday in Parliament in the capital Lilongwe.

The President delivered his SONA on the theme “Delivering Economic Transformation and Governance Reform through Sacrificial Action and Service Excellence.”

On election and Justice, the President said that “to avoid the risk of disenfranchising citizens from enjoying their right to vote, the
Electoral Commission is working with the National Registration Bureau to remove the restriction of an expiry date on National ID cards, which will also save Government the billions that would be needed to renew the cards that have already expired over the past two years.”

This pronouncement has made Malawians happy because some were advocating for the same as they wondered why the National ID should be expiring as if citizenship, which is normally for life, expires with the expiry of the National ID.

“The President has delivered on the wishes of the people and kudos to him,” one Malawian Joseph Patel on the streets of Lilongwe said.


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