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Tuesday, 07 Mar 2017 12:45 EATcgitau@kenyafreepress.com
The Jubilee Party has registered several Kenyans as its members without their knowledge, raising questions about the party's access to citizens' private data, including national identification card numbers, and the Electoral Commission's ability to enforce the law. Since the office of the registrar of political parties (ORPP) provided a platform for the public to use in checking their political party registration status, a number of Kenyans have come out to allege that Jubilee was registering them as party members without their consent.
Dozens of Kenyans have shared their frustration on social media at the ORPP's inability to apprehend the party over its rampant registration of people without their knowledge or consent. For example, a person known as Erick Wainaina shared on Facebook that on the 4th of March, he checked on the political party register and confirmed that he was not registered as a member of any party and yet less than 24hours later, the report indicated that he was a member of Jubilee Party, registered under the number TNA3550121 on 5th March.
Njue Joseph Nyaga was also registered as a member of Jubilee Party, given the number PNUA388648. However, the mystery is that the national identity card number he uses if one that belongs to Calvince Butron Ochieng Anuro, who had no Jubilee Party links. Similarly, Amima Boniface Nyachwaya says that he has never registered as a jubilee member.
Other political parties have been accused of using irregular tactics as well. For example, Caroline Wafula discovered that her National ID was registered as a Kanu Asili member since December 2016 and her ID was registered under a Ruth K. Kazungu born in June 1999. Such a date of birth would mean that she will turn 18 years on June 2017 and is yet unqualified to be issued with a national ID card. Caroline said she has never registered as any party.
However, judging by the numbers, it is the Jubilee Party that has perpetrated the most irregular registrations. In the above examples, President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee party seem to be the greatest culprit here with a majority of the people saying they have been listed as members of the party without their knowledge but the registrar of political parties announced that it will deregister all Kenyans who were found to have illegally registered into political parties without their knowledge.
According to the registrar of political parties Lucy Ndungu, anyone who has been fraudulently included as a member of any political party has to contact the ORPP immediately since parties have until March 19 to submit a list of their members to the electoral commission before the primaries. Those who shall not have rectified their details risk being locked out of the nominations.
The Political Parties Act of 2007 mandates that registration of political parties be undertaken by the registrar of political parties whose office falls under the Electoral commission. In order for a political party to be registered, the Political Parties Act, 2011 requires that said party have at least 1,000 registered members in at least half of the country’s counties.