The Office of the Civil Registry and Vital Statistics has declared that it will issue free birth certificates which is applicable to all age groups in the provinces of MALAMPA, PENAMA and TORBA.
This free service is part of the Government’s efforts to update the electoral roll and increase coverage of registration, which is undertaken by the Department of Civil Registry and Vital Statistics in collaboration with the Vanuatu Electoral Office (VES) to conduct the Civil and Voter Registration (CVR) campaign throughout the country.
This campaign will commence from October 21 until December 31, 2019. Birth certificates registered after December 31 will be charged.
Director of VRVS, Benuel Lenge said this free service does not apply to other civil registration such as Marriage or Death.
He is encouraging citizens within these three provinces to make use of this opportunity and get themselves their copy of Birth certificates from their provincial CRVS office.
Mr Lenge emphasised on the importance of registering information for civil registration, saying these are legal documents that everyone must have. He also said it is important to ensure these documents are well kept in a safe place.
The VCR Team has just completed Voter registration process in TAFEA Province before moving to these three provinces.
Another similar declaration for SHEFA Province and Port Vila is yet to be announced.