The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties has temporarily closed the checking of parties’ membership status through e-Citizen, after the public protested being registered in parties without their consent.
Kenyans took to social media to protest following revelations they had been registered as members of political parties without their knowledge.
ORPP said that the service has been deactivated to allow it factor invaluable feedback receipted.
“The piloting period for checking membership status on E-citizen platform expired on 21st June, 2021. This service has therefore been deactivated to allow ORPP factor in valuable feedback receipted. This Requests received on this matter are being processed,” read the tweet.
The new system known as the Integrated Political Parties Management System (IPPMS) was designed under the ORPP to enable citizens check their membership status without having to send emails.
Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu last week announced that her office was piloting the online service to enable the public to verify their political party membership status.
Kenyans confirmed their membership status through an online portal on eCitizen, a one-stop shop for government services, where they found they have been registered in parties without their consent.
The office of the Registrar of Political Parties later defended itself the new system linked to the government’s e-Citizen platform was a pilot project intended for officials of political parties but the link leaked to the public.