Government through the ministry of home affairs and internal security has described opposition parties’ claims that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will use national identity cards (IDs) to rig elections as “fear of the unknown”.
The sentiments follow accusations by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) who claimed that the national identity cards are to help DPP rig the 2019 general elections.
But the ministry, which the project is under, has brushed aside the reports arguing the identity cards are to help identify eligible voters in the country during elections.
Speaking during a media interaction on Saturday in Blantyre, minister of home affairs and internal security Grace Chiumia disclosed that identity cards are to help in development of the country.
“Malawians have fear of unknown, especially politicians, this card is just to help to identify eligible voters nothing else, the leader will be chosen by God through people,” said Chiumia.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Chief Technical Advisor Tariq Malik disclosed that IDs help in preventing rigging.
“I have been in some countries for the same project where the identity cards helped to prevent rigging, it is here in Malawi that I have learnt that IDs help rigging,” said Malik.
Malawi government through the National Registration Bureau (NRB) is implementing the National Registration Program to issue IDs to Malawian citizens.
So far, Malawians in districts such as Nkhotakota, Mchinji, Dedza and Kasungu have been registered.