Fresh registration of Kenyans in 15 counties enters day two


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IEBC clerk registering a voter. Photo/ Courtesy

In Summary

  • The program has been launched Nairobi, Uasin Gishu, Kajiado, Baringo, Marsabit, Kisii, Wajir, Kilifi, Tana River Embu, Makueni, Busia, Nyandarua and Kiambu counties.
  •   Every Kenyan will be given a Huduma Namba that uniquely identifies them.
  • Foreigners will also be registered in the exercise and be expected to record their reasons for being in the country.

Fresh registration of Kenyans in 15 counties will enter the second day on Tuesday.

According to the government, 31, 500 biometric kits have been delivered to counties as it goes ahead with the exercise expected to improve government data on Kenya’s citizens.

The National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) will capture a person’s data: age, gender, level of education, marital status, place of residence, source of livelihood and others.

In addition to helping the government plan for service delivery to Kenyans, the system is also expected to enhance national security.

This follows the passing of miscellaneous amendments that also gave the government powers to take DNA data of all Kenyans.

The fresh registration has however been met with suspicion and fears that the data could fall in the wrong hands.

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho has reassured Kenyans that there are no ulterior motives in the exercise.

The program has been launched Nairobi, Uasin Gishu, Kajiado, Baringo, Marsabit, Kisii, Wajir, Kilifi, Tana River Embu, Makueni, Busia, Nyandarua and Kiambu counties.

Every Kenyan will be given a Huduma Namba that uniquely identifies them. Foreigners will also be registered in the exercise and be expected to record reasons for being in the country.

In Kisumu county, the launch that was scheduled to take place on Monday was postponed to Tuesday, February 19.

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