BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,19TH JUNE,2021-The office of the Registrar of Political Parties has defended itself after Kenyans took to social media to protest following revelations they had been registered as members of political parties without their knowledge.
They confirmed their membership status through an online portal on eCitizen, a one-stop shop for government services, shared out by the office of Registrar of Political Parties.
“Recruitment of members is done by political parties in line with respective party constitutions; section 7, Political Parties Act, 2011, second schedule to Political Parties Act paragraph six,” the office said on Saturday.
On Friday, Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu said in a statement that her office was piloting the online service to enable the public to verify their political party membership status.
“This is therefore to appraise you on this development and invite your feedback through email@example.com or to our offices,” Nderitu said.
She added that the office is planning to enhance other services including the management of independent candidates, party membership recruitment and registration.
“This office is in the process of updating the political parties’ management information system and on boarding services to e-Citizen platform to leverage on the existing infrastructure,” she added.
However, many Kenyans expressed shock and anger after they found out that they belong to various political outfits yet they have never registered.
They termed the revelations a breach of the right to privacy and demanded answers from the registrar’s office.
So according to the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) website, I’m a member of Amani National Congress (ANC). I don’t remember registering to be it’s member neither do I even know where it’s head office is. 🤦🏽♂️
— UCL 2021 🥇 🏆💙 (@kolinso_) June 19, 2021
Someone needs to file a case against the registrar of political parties and all those political parties, the need to produce evidence on how we signed up for the parties.
— Mattey (@Sanga_JK) June 18, 2021
According to the registrar of political parties, I belong to Amani National Congress!
The misuse of biodata and breach of privacy in Kenya requires serious legislation.
Can’t believe it.
— Wuod Major (@okeweg) June 18, 2021