Kenyans angered after finding they are registered to wrong political parties

Sunday, June 20th, 2021 12:14 |
Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu. Photo/PD/Samuwel Kariuki

Kenyans have taken to social media to protest their registration to political parties that they claim they do not subscribe to.

This comes as parties register members ahead of next year's general election.

Raila Junior's Twitter post showed he was registered as Amani National Congress (ANC) party member despite being a renowned ODM member.

“IEBCKenya explain how my information got to the office of the Registrar of Political Parties and got registered to a political party without my consent. This is evident on,” Twitter user Peter Arnold posted.

Maith @maithakahaso posted: “That office of the Registrar of Political Parties has been registering people to random political parties since 2015. Had done tweets on them sometime back and got a call to delete.”

Another user Joe Kimachia said: “I am a registered member of Jubilee Party since 2013. I have a membership number. On checking my status through the link, I just found I’m, fraudulently registered as an ODM member since 2016. The registrar must provide a link to opt out."

However, the Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu has defended her office saying, "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."

Nderitu said her office is carrying out an audit of the political parties membership register ahead of next year General Election and asked Kenyans who found themselves registered to wrong parties to start applying deregistration.

“You cannot judge one side. It's your word against the party and the party against the member. It's about getting all the issues then we deal with the matter as the process of cleaning the register continues,” Ms Nderitu said.

She added: “After the piloting, we will engage the political parties on some of the issues that been raised."

Section 34 of the Political Parties Act, 2011 requires the registrar to maintain an accurate register of political parties.

The office is required to maintain accurate data.

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