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President Kenyatta orders issuance of IDs slashed to 3 days

President Kenyatta was speaking during an interview on Kameme FM/COURTESY

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 20 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday directed the National Registration Bureau to issue Identity Cards within three days as lobbying for more voters to register gathered momentum across the country.

President Kenyatta who was speaking during an interview on Kameme FM told the registration bureau to inform the government what it will require for it to ensure the process of issuing new IDs is hastened.

He said it would be unfair for people to be denied their right to vote because of delays in issuing them with IDs.

“We are telling the National Registration Bureau to be there so that if a young person comes to register and does not have an ID they register him/her there. Please help us. If you have any problems or issues please tell us what you need because it is not right for a young person not to be able to vote because there is a chief or a sub chief who denied him/her an ID,” he urged.

Processing of new IDs currently takes about two weeks due to the lengthy identification processes required.

But the process of replacing duplicate IDs such as lost, mutilated or replacement of the old generation cards with the new ones takes about a week.

On Thursday, Huduma Centre Supervisor in charge of National Registration Bureau Desk, Maxim Itur explained to Capital FM News that the centre had acquired a ‘Life Capture System’ which had made the process of acquiring IDs swift.

READ: Hundreds flock to Huduma Centres for IDs in rush to register as voters

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