1.   Short title.

   2.   Interpretation.

The Registrar-General

   3.   Appointment and duties of Registrar-General.

   4.   Indexes, searches, certified copies.

   5.   Appointment, powers and duties of Assistant Registrars-General.

District Registrars

   6.   District registrars.

   7.   Substitution of other officers for district registrars.

   8.   Registrar-General may give special directions to a district registrar.

Registration of Births

   9.   Register to be kept in every district.

   10.   Mode of registration.

   11.   Duty to register births.

   12.   Registration of child born out of wedlock.

   13.   Registration of exposed child.

   14.   Change of name.

Registration of Deaths

   15.   Register to be kept in every district.

   16.   Mode of registration.

   17.   Duty to register deaths.

   18.   Provisions relating to medical certificates of cause of death.


   19.   Late registration of birth or death.

   20.   Power to hold inquiry.

   21.   [Repealed.]

   22.   Quarterly returns of births and deaths.

   23.   Disposal of filled up registers.

   24.   Correction of errors.

   25.   Certified copies.

   26.   Compulsory registration of birth and death.

   27.   [Repealed.]

   28.   [Repealed.]

   29.   Offences and penalties.

   30.   Registers kept under Proclamation No. 15 of 1917.

   31.   Rules.


An Act to make provision for the registration of births and deaths and for the issue by medical practitioners of certificates of the cause of death.

[15th December, 1920]
[s. 1(1)]
[1st April, 1921]

R.L. Cap. 108
Ords. Nos.
12 of 1920
29 of 1922
20 of 1926
19 of 1943
39 of 1949
30 of 1955
[R.L. Cap. 277]
Acts Nos.
11 of 1976
13 of 1988
19 of 1992
1 of 1993
13 of 2005
3 of 2009
G.N. No. 478 of 1962

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Births and Deaths Registration Act.

2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires–

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for legal affairs,

   "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 by rules prescribe; and

   (b)   as to any death, the name, age, sex, residence, occupation and nationality of the deceased, and the date, place, and cause of death, and such other particulars as the Minister may by rules prescribe.

The Registrar-General (ss 3-5)

3.   Appointment and duties of Registrar-General

   (1) The Minister shall appoint a Registrar-General of Births and Deaths Minister hereinafter called "the Registrar-General".

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

   (3) The Registrar-General shall have the custody of all filed register books and of all quarterly returns made by the district registrar of a district.

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