Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Website for voters to check status unveiled

The Registrar of Political Parties, Ms Lucy Ndung’u, said it is an offence punishable by law for any political party to register a member without his or her knowledge.

Photo | FILE The Registrar of Political Parties, Ms Lucy Ndung’u, said it is an offence punishable by law for any political party to register a member without his or her knowledge. 

By NATION REPORTER

An online platform for voters to check their registration status with political parties has been established by the Registrar of Political Parties.

Voters can now confirm the party they are registered with by visiting http://www.iebc.or.ke/rpp/ and entering their ID numbers.

Plans are underway to provide an SMS query channel for the convenience of voters.

The move follows complaints by people of having been registered without their consent into the different parties.

The Registrar of Political Parties, Ms Lucy Ndung’u, said it is an offence punishable by law for any political party to register a member without his or her knowledge. Any party doing so could be de-registered and penalised.

In a letter to the parties, Ms Ndung’u, warned those who may have registered members in a fraudulent manner or have falsified information presented to her to remedy the breach immediately or be de-registered and fined not less than Sh1 million.

“We urge anybody with complaints regarding their registration status to write to the political party they have been registered with and forward a copy to the RPP on registrar@iebc.or.ke,” said Ms Ndung’u.

“We had some complaints that some parties enlisted members from mobile money transfer records and various other sources, RPP only checked if all names submitted were indeed those of registered voters, our mandate was not to check whether they were registered with their consent,” said the registrar.

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