Registrar to use technology to clean political parties roll

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The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties has partnered with the Registrar of Persons to weed out ghost members in political parties registers.

The team is in Kilifi to meet with residents and sensitise them as the country prepares for the August 9 general election.

According to assistant registrar Florence Birya, the move will help solve a number of challenges, including incorrectly listed gender issues.

Speaking during a training session for citizens in Kilifi, Birya said the people will have an easy time to find out if they are legitimate members of registered political parties.

Birya said the ORPP is currently using the Integrated Population Registration System which is managed by the Registrar of Persons to clear all political parties’ registers.

“We used to receive a list of party members and we could not establish if they are genuine people or just fictitious names. The system has all names and details of Kenyans with identity cards making it easy to tally the details in the system with the names we receive,” Birya said. 

“If the details do not match the system automatically rejects that person and is cancelled from the register. You can have a list of 50,000 people but it turns out that only 25,000 are real people.” 

The system is expected to bring sanity in party lists which are used during nominations. 

Kilifi county ODM deputy chairman Joseph Chilumo praised the ORPP for the initiative.

Chilumo said a clean party register will build trust between members and the party.

“This partnership is welcome. ORPP should walk with political parties to make sure we comply with all set guidelines. We are ready to follow the law,” he said.

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