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 protected] 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.