CHAPTER 24:01
NATIONAL REGISTRATION

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   SECTION

PART I
PRELIMINARY

   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

PART II
NATIONAL REGISTRATION

   3.   Establishment of National Registration System

   4.   Appointment of Director and Deputy Director

   5.   Appointment of district registrars

   6.   Appointment of district registrars abroad

   7.   National register

   8.   Contents of national register

   9.   Registration

   10.   Registration requirement made through notice in the Gazette

   11.   Additional information

   12.   Processing a qualified application

   13.   Issue of identity cards

   14.   Forms of identity cards

   15.   Preservation of identity cards

   16.   Replacement of lost, damaged or destroyed identity cards

   17.   Identity card prima facie proof of contents of national register

   18.   Change in particulars relating to a registered person

   19.   Immaterial change

   20.   Material change

   21.   Updating photograph

PART III
REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS AND ADOPTED CHILDREN

   22.   Register of births to be kept in every district

   23.   Mode of registration of births

   24.   Duty to register births

   25.   Registration of birth after six weeks from birth

   26.   Exposed child

   27.   Change of name

   28.   Registration of an adopted child

PART IV
REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGES

   29.   Register of marriages to be kept in every district

   30.   Mode of registration of marriages

   31.   Duty to register marriages

   32.   Registration of marriages after three months from marriage

PART V
REGISTRATION OF DEATHS

   33.   Register of deaths to be kept in every district

   34.   Mode of registration of deaths

   35.   Duty to register death

   36.   Registration of deaths after six weeks from death

PART VI
RECORDS AND RETURNS OF BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS

   37.   Duties of the Director in respect of births, etc.

   38.   Monthly and other returns

   39.   Indexes, searches and certified copies

PART VII
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

   40.   Corrections of errors in registers

   41.   Delivery of birth report, etc.

   42.   Offences and penalties

   43.   Forgery, false information and undue influence

   44.   Secrecy

   45.   Evidence

   46.   Immunity

   47.   Regulations

   48.   Repeal and savings

13 of 2010
G.N. 18/2015

An Act to provide for the registration of persons and registration of births, marriages and deaths of persons and to provide for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto

[1ST AUGUST 2015]

PART I
PRELIMINARY

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the National Registration Act.

2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   “authorized person” means any person or class of persons prescribed by the Minister;

   “birth report” means a report of birth containing the prescribed particulars and made in the prescribed form;

   “death report” means a report of death containing the prescribed particulars and made in the prescribed form;

   “district register” means the register maintained by each district registrar;

   “Director” means the Director of National Registration appointed under section 4;

   “identity card” means an identity card issued in accordance with the provisions of this Act;

   “marriage report” means a report of marriage containing the prescribed particulars and made in the prescribed form;

   “national register” means the register maintained by the Director under section 7;

   “prescribed particulars” means—

   (a)   as to any birth, the sex, name, date and place of birth, the names, residence, occupations and nationality of the parents and such other particulars as the Minister may prescribe;

   (b)   as to any marriage, the names, nationality, conditions, occupations, ages, dwelling or place of abode of the bride groom and bride and such other particulars as the Minister may prescribe; and

   (c)   as to any death, the name, age, sex, place of residence, length of residence in Malawi, occupation and nationality of the deceased and the date, place and cause of death, and such other particulars as the Minister may prescribe;

   “registered person” means a person registered under section 7 and section 9;

   “specified area” means an area declared as such by the Director in accordance with section 10.

PART II
NATIONAL REGISTRATION

3.   Establishment of National Registration System

   (1) There shall be a National Registration System consisting of Population Register established under this Act.

   (2) The Population Register shall comprise the Births, Marriages and Deaths Registers recorded at the village, traditional authority, district and national levels.

4.   Appointment of Director and Deputy Director

   There shall be a Director and Deputy Director of National Registration appointed by the Minister.

5.   Appointment of district registrars

   (1) The Director may delegate any or all of his duties to be performed by a district registrar within the area of a district.

   (2) Every District Commissioner or Chief Executive, as the case may be, shall be the registrar for the District over which he has authority as a District Commissioner or Chief Executive, as the case may be:

   Provided that the Minister may appoint any other person to be the district registrar for a District, or a specified part of a district, in place of, or in addition to the District Commissioner or Chief Executive, as the case may be.

6.   Appointment of district registrars abroad

   The Minister may appoint a diplomatic or consular officer or a person attached to any Embassy Office, High Commission or Consulate or any other Malawi Government representative abroad or the representative of another government or any other suitable person to be a district registrar for the purpose of this Act in respect of a district outside Malawi to be specified in the instrument of his appointment.

7.   National register

   (1) The Director shall keep or cause to be kept and maintained a national register of all persons—

   (a)   who are citizens of Malawi and of or above the age of 16 years; or

   (b)   who are of or above the age of 16 years and who, not being citizens of Malawi, have been granted permanent residence permit, temporary employment permit or business residence permit under the Immigration Act to reside in Malawi.

   (2) Every district registrar shall keep and maintain a district register of those persons who live within his district and who qualify for registration under paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (1) and to whom an identity card is issued.

8.   Contents of national register

   (1) The national register and district register shall consist of two parts, of which Part I shall be a register of citizens of Malawi who meet the provisions of section 7 (1) (a) and Part II shall be a register of non-Malawian citizens, lawfully resident in Malawi, who meet the provisions of section 7 (1) (b).

   (2) The national register shall consist of the following particulars relating to each applicant—

   (a)   the applicant’s full name;

   (b)   the applicant’s principal place of residence in Malawi;

   (c)   the names of the applicant’s parents;

   (d)   the applicant’s permanent home address (Village, T.A. and District; plot number, township and local authority);

   (e)   the applicant’s sex;

   (f)   the applicant’s date of birth;

   (g)   the applicant’s place of birth;

   (h)   the applicant’s marital status;

   (i)   the date of registration of the applicant and the registration number;

   (j)   in the case of an applicant who is not a citizen of Malawi, his nationality;

   (k)   height;

   (l)   colour of eyes;

   (m)   fingerprints;

   (n)   photograph;

   (o)   passport number, if any;

   (p)   special observations, if any; and

   (q)   such other particulars as the Minister may prescribe.

9.   Registration

   (1) Subject to such regulations as shall be made by the Minister, every person of or above the age of 16 years—

   (a)   who is a citizen of Malawi; or

   (b)   who, not being a citizen of Malawi, as been granted permanent residence permit, temporary employment permit or business residence permit under the Immigration Act to reside in Malawi,

shall qualify to be registered under this Act and shall apply to the district registrar in the area in which he ordinarily resides, for registration within one month of his acquiring the relevant qualification as set out in this section.

   (2) Every applicant shall submit to having his finger print and photograph taken by the district registrar or a person acting under his authority.

10.   Registration requirement made through notice in the Gazette

   (1) The Director may, by notice in the Gazette and such other manner as he may consider suitable to bring the contents of the notice to persons affected, declare any area of Malawi to be a specified area and require all persons within such specified area to whom this Act applies to attend before a district registrar at such place and between such dates as he may specify in such notice.

   (2) Every person so required shall attend before the district registrar and shall register himself by providing the particulars described in section 8 and shall permit his photograph and fingerprints to be taken in such manner as may be prescribed.

   (3) Every unregistered person who—

   (a)   being a person to whom this Act applies, enters any specified area;

   (b)   being within any specified area, becomes a person to whom this Act applies,

shall within fourteen days, attend before the nearest district registrar and register himself in the manner prescribed in subsection (2).

11.   Additional information

   A district registrar may require any person applying for registration under this Act to provide such documentary information as shall, in the opinion of the district registrar, be necessary to establish the truth of the information stated in the application form.

12.   Processing a qualified application

   (1) Every district registrar shall, where he is satisfied that the applicant qualifies for registration, forward the application, and the photograph and record of fingerprints relating to that application, to the Director.

   (2) The Director shall, if he is satisfied that the applicant qualifies for registration, issue an identity card to the applicant.

13.   Issue of identity card

   (1) Every person registered under this Act shall be issued with an identity card.

   (2) An identity card issued to any person who is not a citizen of Malawi shall be valid for such period as is stated in the card which period shall be the period for which he is, at that time, entitled under the Immigration Act, and such person shall be issued with a new identity card to cover any period for which his stay is extended.

   (3) Where applicable, the identity card shall be renewed by issuing a new identity card with an up-to-date photograph and other particulars relating to the holder of the card.

14.   Forms of identity cards

   The Minister may prescribe the size and description of the identity card and the particulars it shall contain, and further may prescribe different identity cards for the different categories of persons referred to under section 7.

15.   Preservation of identity cards

   (1) Every person issued with an identity card under this Act shall, to the best of his ability, ensure the safety and preservation of that card.

   (2) Where an identity card is lost, damaged or destroyed, the person concerned shall immediately inform the district registrar of the area in which he is registered and provide him with any information at his disposal to satisfy the district registrar that the identity card was in fact not lost, damaged or destroyed through the fault or neglect of the person concerned.

   (3) The district registrar shall require the person whose identity card is lost, damaged or destroyed to execute an affidavit to the effect that it was not lost, damaged or destroyed through the fault or neglect of the person making the affidavit.

   (4) The Minister may prescribe the form of an affidavit to be executed under subsection (3).

   (5) Any person who finds or unlawfully comes into possession of an identity card which was not issued to him shall, without undue delay, return it to the person to whom it was issued or forward it to the nearest district registrar.

16.   Replacement of lost, damaged or destroyed identity cards

   (1) Where a district registrar is satisfied that the loss, damage or destruction of an identity card occurred through no fault or neglect of the person concerned, he may recommend to the Director that a new identity card be issued without payment of any fee or penalty, and shall cancel the registration in respect of the identity card that was lost, damaged or destroyed but in all other cases he shall levy the prescribed fee.

   (2) Where the Director issues a new identity card in place of a damaged identity card, he shall ensure that the damaged identity card is destroyed and the national register and the district register shall be amended accordingly.

   (3) Where the Director issues a new identity card in place of an identity card that was lost, he shall inform all the district registrars and such other authorities, as the Minister may prescribe, of the loss as soon as may be practicable.

17.   Identity card prima facie proof of contents of national register

   An identity card shall be prima facie proof of the particulars of an individual contained in the national register.

18.   Change in particulars relating to a registered person

   Where the particulars relating to any person, and to which he has sworn in his application for registration change after he has been issued with an identity card, such person shall, within 30 days of such change, inform the district registrar of the area in which he is registered, of the change.

19.   Immaterial change

   Where a district registrar is informed of any change in particulars relating to a registered person, he may, if he is of the opinion that the change does not materially affect registration, note the change in his register and cause the change to be recorded in the national register by the Director.

20.   Material change

   (1) Where the district registrar is of the opinion that any change in the particulars relating to a registered person materially affect his registration, he shall record the change and notify the Director of the circumstances and recommend that the person concerned should be issued with a new identity card.

   (2) The Director shall, if he is satisfied that the change materially affects the registration of a person, cancel the identity card issued to the person and issue a new identity card to him.

   (3) Particulars relating to the new identity card and its holder shall be recorded in the national register and the district register of the area in which that person is registered.

21.   Updating photographs

   (1) Every registered person may, whenever he is satisfied that his appearance has changed so as to make it likely that his identity as certified by the identity card may be questioned, apply to the district registrar of the area in which he is registered for the issue of a new card with a more recent photograph and shall, when issued with a new identity card by the Director, surrender his existing identity card to the district registrar to be cancelled and destroyed.

   (2) The district registrar of the area in which the person is registered and the Director shall cause the change to be recorded in the relevant registers.

PART III
REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS AND ADOPTED CHILDREN

22.   Register of births to be kept in every district

   The district registrar of each district shall keep a register, and shall enter therein every birth of a child born alive within his district after the commencement of this Act, whereof the prescribed particulars are reported to him.

23.   Mode of registration of births

   Every person registering the birth of a child shall, to the best of his knowledge and ability, give the prescribed particulars, and shall certify to their correctness either by signing, or, if he be illiterate, by fixing his mark to the register or, if the registration is effected without personal attendance, by signing, or affixing his mark to, the prescribed form in which the prescribed particulars are reported to the district registrar.

24.   Duty to register births

   (1) In the case of every child born alive after the commencement of this Act, it shall be the duty of the father and mother, and in default of the father and mother, of the occupier of the house in which to his knowledge such child is born, and of each person present at the birth, and of the person having charge of such child, to, register the birth within six weeks of the birth.

   (2) Such registration shall be effected by completing a birth report in respect of such birth and by certifying its correctness by signing or, if unable to sign, by affixing the mark of the person effecting registration to the birth report and delivering it to the district registrar of the district where the birth occurred.

   (3) No person shall be bound as father to register the birth of a child born out of wedlock, and no person shall be entered in the register as the father of such child except—

   (a)   where it is proven in court; or

   (b)   at his own request, and with the agreement of the mother of the child, upon his acknowledging himself to be the father of the child, and signing, or affixing his mark to the birth report as such.

25.   Registration of birth after six weeks from birth

   The district registrar shall not enter in the register the birth of any child after six weeks from the date of birth except upon payment of the prescribed fee.

26.   Exposed child

   If any living new-born child is found exposed, it shall be the duty of any person finding such child, and of any person in whose charge such child may be placed, to give such information as the informant possesses for the purpose of registering such birth.

27.   Change of name

   Where the birth of any child has been registered before it has received a name, or the name by which it was registered is altered, the parent or guardian of such child may, within two years of the registration, on payment of the prescribed fee, and on providing such evidence as the district registrar may think necessary, register the name that has been given to the child.

28.   Registration of an adopted child

   (1) The Director shall keep the Adopted Children Register and enter therein such entries as may be directed to be made therein by the adoption of a child order, but no other entries.

   (2) Every adoption order shall contain a direction to the Director to make in the Adopted Children Register an entry recording the adoption of a child in the prescribed form.

PART IV
REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGES

29.   Register of marriages to be kept in every district

   The district registrar of each district shall keep a register and enter therein every marriage that occurs within his district after the commencement of this Act.

30.   Mode of registration of marriages

   Every person registering a marriage shall, to the best of his knowledge and ability give the prescribed particulars, and shall certify to their correctness, either by signing or, if he be illiterate, by affixing his mark to the register, or, if the registration be effected without personal attendance, by signing or affixing his mark to the prescribed form on which the prescribed particulars are reported to the district registrar.

31.   Duty to register marriages

   (1) In the case of persons getting married after the commencement of this Act, it shall be the duty of the persons who get married to register their marriage within three months after the officiation of their marriage.

   (2) Registration of the marriage shall be effected by completing a prescribed form or delivering a copy of the marriage certificate, as the case may be, to the district registrar.

32.   Registration of marriages after three months from marriage

   The district registrar shall not enter in the register any marriage after three months from the date of the officiation of the marriage except upon payment of the prescribed fee.

PART V
REGISTRATION OF DEATHS

33.   Register of deaths to be kept in every district

   The district registrar of each district shall keep a register, and shall enter therein every death occurring within his district after the commencement of this Act whereof the prescribed particulars are reported to him.

34.   Mode of registration of deaths

   Every person registering a death shall, to the best of his knowledge and ability, give the prescribed particulars, and shall certify to their correctness, either by signing, or, if he be illiterate, by affixing his mark to the register, or, if the registration be effected without personal attendance, by signing or affixing his mark to the prescribed form on which the prescribed particulars are reported to the district registrar.

35.   Duty to register death

   (1) In the case of every person dying after the commencement of this Act, it shall be the duty of the nearest relatives of such person who were present at his death or in attendance during his last illness, and in default of such relatives, of every other relative dwelling within the district, and, in default of such relatives, of each person present at the death, and of the occupier of the house in which to his knowledge such death took place; and in default of the persons herein before mentioned, of any inmate of the house, or of any person finding or taking charge of the body of such person, or causing such person to be buried, to register the death within six weeks after the death or finding of the body, or where the district registrar is satisfied that from any cause registration could not be effected within the said period, and that no undue delay has taken place, within six months after the death or finding of the body.

   (2) Such registration shall be effected by completing a death report and by certifying its correctness by signing, or, if unable to sign, by affixing the mark of the person effecting registration to the death report and delivering it to the district registrar of the district where the death occurred.

   (3) For the purposes of this section “nearest relatives” mean surviving spouse, if any, parents, child and siblings.

36.   Registration of deaths after six weeks from death

   The district registrar shall not enter in the register a death more than six weeks after the date of the death, except upon payment of the prescribed fee.

PART VI
RECORDS AND RETURNS OF BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS

37.   Duties of Director in respect of births, etc.

   (1) The Director shall be responsible for registration of births, marriages and deaths.

   (2) It shall be the duty of the Director to compile, after the close of each year, a summary of the births, marriages and deaths of such year, and a report on the increase or decrease of the population of Malawi, and on any special causes appearing to affect the same.

   (3) The Director shall have the custody of all filled registers and of all monthly returns made by each district registrar.

   (4) It shall be the duty of the Director to provide each district registrar with such books and forms as may be required, and with such instructions as he may consider necessary for the registration of births, marriages and deaths in his district.

38.   Monthly and other returns

   (1) Every district registrar shall forward to the Director monthly returns in the prescribed form showing the births, marriages and deaths registered in his district during such month, and shall also forward to him all such registers as soon as the space in the registers for the registration has become exhausted.

   (2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Director may direct that a district registrar whose district is outside Malawi need not maintain any register or that he shall furnish to the Director such returns or extracts at such intervals of time and verified in such manner as the Director may deem suitable, or shall carry out the duties of a district registrar with such variations as may be appropriate in the circumstances.

39.   Indexes, searches and certified copies

   (1) The Director shall cause to be prepared from the returns made to him alphabetical indexes of the births, marriages and deaths registered.

   (2) Any register, return or index in the custody of the Director shall, on payment of the prescribed fee, be open to inspection subject to such conditions as the Director may direct:

   Provided that a person aggrieved by conditions imposed by the Director may apply to the High Court for Judicial review and the High Court may make such order regarding inspection as it deems proper.

   (3) The Director shall, on payment of the prescribed fee, furnish a certified copy of any entry or any return in his custody:

   Provided that any person shall, on payment of the prescribed fee, be entitled to obtain from the Director a short certificate of birth of any person in the prescribed form and containing such particulars as may be prescribed and such certificate shall not include any particulars relating to parentage or adoption.

   (4) The copy of any entry in any register or return certified under the hand of the Director to be a correct copy shall be prima facie evidence in court of the dates and facts therein contained.

PART VII
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

40.   Correction of errors in registration

   The following provisions shall apply to errors in the national register and in any register of births, marriages and deaths—

   (a)   no alteration in any register shall be made except as authorized by this Act;

   (b)   any clerical error which may from time to time be discovered in any register may be corrected by any person authorized in that behalf by the Director;

   (c)   any error of fact or substance in any such register may be corrected by the Director by making an additional entry in the register (without any alteration of the original entry), upon payment of the prescribed fee and upon production to him by the person requiring such error to be corrected of a statutory declaration, setting forth the nature of the error and the true facts of the case, made by two credible persons having knowledge of the truth of the case.

41.   Delivery of birth report, etc.

   Delivery of a birth report, marriage report, or death report, as the case may be, to a person for the time being employed by the local authority of the area in which the birth, marriage or death occurred shall be deemed to constitute delivery of the report to the district registrar of the district in which such area is situated.

42.   Offences and penalties

   (1) Any person who—

   (a)   is of or above the age of 16 years and qualifies to be registered under this Act but who fails to register within the time prescribed by this Act;

   (b)   willfully obstructs the Director or district registrar in the execution of his duties under this Act;

   (c)   willfully destroys or mutilates or attempts to destroy or mutilate any identity card;

   (d)   unlawfully deprives or dispossesses any person of his identity card;

   (e)   uses any identity card other than the card issued to him intending that some other person shall be led to believe that he is the person shown on the card he is using;

   (f)   is knowingly in possession of an identity card in which any unlawful entry, alteration or erasure has been made or of any document so closely resembling an identity card as to be calculated to deceive;

   (g)   fails to register the birth of a child, a marriage or death, which is his duty to do so;

   (h)   is in possession of more than one identity card purporting to show his identity; or

   (i)   permits any other person to use the identity card issued to him,

commits an offence and upon conviction shall be liable to a fine of K1,000,000 and to imprisonment for five years.

43.   Forgery, false information and undue influence

   Any person, who—

   (a)   furnishes false information or makes any statement in his application for registration or in any affidavit sworn under this Act;

   (b)   forges any document for the purpose of obtaining registration under this Act;

   (c)   in any way seeks to illegally influence the decision of a district registrar;

   (d)   being already registered, applies for registration; or

   (e)   being in possession of any identity card, applies for a new card falsely alleging that his identity card was lost or destroyed,

commits an offence and upon conviction shall be liable to a fine of K1,000,000 and to imprisonment for five years.

44.   Secrecy

   (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall disclose to any other person any information recorded in any register, document or proof of registration and which he acquired by virtue of his functions, except for purposes of this Act or any judicial proceedings or the performance of his functions in terms of any law, and no person to whom any such information has to his knowledge been disclosed in contravention of this section shall disclose such information to any other person.

   (2) The Minister may furnish any information in relation to any person whose name or particulars are registered under this Act to any Ministry, local authority or body established by or under any law for any purpose of that Ministry, local authority or body.

45.   Evidence

   Any document purporting to be signed by the Director or a district registrar or any officer authorized by him in writing, certifying a copy or extract of any record kept by the Director or district registrar under this Act shall, in any prosecution for an offence under this Act, be prima facie evidence of the facts stated therein, and, if stated to be signed by an officer authorized by the Director or district registrar, shall, unless the contrary be proved, be deemed to be signed by the officer so authorized without production of proof of such authorization.

46.   Immunity

   No claim shall lie against the Government, the Minister, the Director or any district registrar or public officer for anything done in good faith and without negligence under the powers conferred upon him by this Act.

47.   Regulations

   (1) The Minister may make regulations for the better carrying out of the purposes of this Act.

   (2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the regulations may make provision for—

   (a)   the form of the application for registration;

   (b)   the additional particulars that may be required of an applicant for registration;

   (c)   the form of the identity card or cards that may be issued under this Act and the particulars each shall contain;

   (d)   the form of the affidavit to be executed by a person whose identity card has been lost, damaged or destroyed;

   (e)   the fees that may be levied under this Act;

   (f)   the authorities that shall be informed by the district registrar of the loss of an identity card;

   (g)   the procedures to be followed in correcting errors or issuing replacement identity cards;

   (h)   the persons who shall be authorized persons for the purposes of this Act;

   (i)   the place in each district and the hours at which births, marriages and deaths may be registered, and registers, returns and indexes kept open for inspection;

   (j)   the conditions under which, and the mode in which, registration may be effected without personal attendance;

   (k)   the duties of district registrars;

   (l)   the inspection of registers, returns, indexes and the provision of certified copies;

   (m)   the places at which and period within which shall be registered births and deaths occurring on board ships and aircraft, registered or unregistered, while within the territorial waters or air space of Malawi;

   (n)   reports of births or deaths to be made by the officer or other person in charge of a hospital, clinic or other place where medical service is provided;

   (o)   the role of local and traditional authorities in facilitating registration of persons and registration of births, marriages and deaths under this Act; and

   (p)   all other matters necessary for the carrying out of the provisions of this Act.

   (3) Any regulation made under this Act may, notwithstanding the provision of section 21 (e) of the General Interpretation Act, prescribe a fine of up to K100,000 and imprisonment for up to one year for an offence committed against any provision of such regulation.

48.   Repeal and savings

   (1) TheBirths and Deaths Registration Act is repealed.

   (2) Any subsidiary legislation made under theBirths and Deaths Registration Act repealed by subsection (1) and in force immediately before the coming into force of this Act, shall so far as it is not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, continue in force as if made under this Act.

   (3) Any birth or death registered under the law repealed under subsection (1) shall, notwithstanding the repeal of the law, be deemed to have been registered under this Act.

   (4) The Registrar General shall deliver or transmit to the Director any register, record or document in the custody or control of the Registrar General by virtue of the law repealed under subsection (1).

SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

NATIONAL REGISTRATION REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

   REGULATION

PART I
PRELIMINARY

   1.   Citation

   2.   Interpretation

PART II
REGISTRATION IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER

   3.   Application for registration in the national register

   4.   Particulars accompanying application

   5.   Verification of particulars

   6.   Photographs

   7.   Fingerprints

   8.   Investigations by the Director

   9.   Proof of registration

   10.   Late application for registration in the national register

   11.   Assignment of identification number on an identity card

   12.   Issuance of identity cards

   13.   Particulars and size of an identity card

   14.   Correction, cancellation and replacement of an identity card

   15.   Loss and replacement of an identity card

   16.   Surrender or seizure of an identity card

   17.   Secrecy

   18.   Fingerprints to be proof of ownership of identity card

   19.   National register

PART III
REGISTRATION OF BIRTH AND ADOPTED CHILDREN

   20.   Reporting of birth

   21.   Particulars accompanying birth report

   22.   Signing of a birth report

   23.   Verification of particulars of birth

   24.   Birth reports to be forwarded to the Director

   25.   Registration of births on board ships and aircrafts

   26.   Birth certificate

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