The Ministry of Home Affairs is mandated to register civil societies, as long as their applicants follow the rules and regulations governing registration of such societies.
The rules, procedures and conditions for registration of these societies are provided under the law together with the duties and responsibilities of the Registrar of Societies.
In order to qualify for registration, some of the requirements of a society seeking to register include evidence of membership of not less than ten founder members of a given society, a constitution, names and Curriculum Vitae (CV’s) and photographs of office bearers, supporting documents/letter from a recognised government authority, for example, the Regional Commissioner, District Commissioner and an application letter from the applicant.
Upon completion of the above requirements and others as the law may require, the Registrar of Societies may act after being satisfied with the aims and objectives of a given society taking into account the interests of the public and the nation in general.
The registration of a society or an association, under normal circumstances, takes a minimum of five to fourteen days and in some cases might take longer depending on the nature of a given application, some of which may require further scrutiny before a decision is given.
The office of the Registrar at times gives some advices or instructions to different association when necessary, and some times, offer reconciliation services in case of misunderstandings among societies.
Registration of societies is done under the Societies Act Cap. 337 R.E 2002 which was formerly known as the Societies Ordinance Cap. 337 of 1954.
The societies which are registered under this Act include religious associations, social development associations, International oriented associations and professional associations, and this is a different case with Non Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) which are registered in the Ministry of Social Development, Gender and Children.