ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi accused the executive of grabbing the electoral commission’s authority to oversee the 2022 elections.
Mudavadi cited the 2021 Service Bill, which requires an electoral body to create its own voter database from the National Identity Management System.
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The ANC boss said Service Number has “huge gaps” and should not be used for the purpose of creating a voter list for the next election.
“There is currently a general agreement in Kenya that we have a serious lack of confidence and this is an important electoral tool that divides a country that has suffered terribly,” said the ANC leader, who has announced his intention to run for president.
The bill is funded by the majority leader in the National Assembly, Amos Kimunya.
If approved, the IEBC will be required to use the Number Identification system as the source of the main voter roll.
The electoral agency is already preparing a list of voters for next year’s general election and plans to launch the final mass registration next month.
The new law will force the voting agency to return to the electoral board.
In a statement, Mudavadi said the IEBC was in the process of finalizing the voter registration process and establishing a Number Service.
The process, he said, could undermine the process and undermine the electoral commission’s preparation for free, fair and credible elections.
“The danger of alienating many citizens from exercising their right to vote is real,” he added.
Mudavadi said the IEBC, as an independent body, could not have its Chief Executive Officer sit as a member of the Board of Directors of the Service as this would jeopardize independence and create a conflict of interest.
“The IEBC is the authorized regulator for keeping voter data and registers and the use of the Number Service will negatively affect this role and will be seen as creating a parallel electoral board,” he added.
He further added that the founders of the Promotion Number Service “have raised serious issues regarding the relationship between NIIMS and the IEBC voter register.”
“So far, the same issues have not been addressed satisfactorily,” he said.
The ANC leader said Service Number denied opportunities to Kenyans living abroad.
“Kenyans living abroad who wanted to register for Service Number had to make arrangements to return home for registration.
Kenyans will also not be allowed to access government services and social security funds unless they have a Service Number card, the new bill proposes.
The Kenya Revenue Authority will also be required to use the Service Number as the main document.
NIIMS is the source of Service Number which was mandatory for all citizens in the bill.
The bill also stipulates penalties for those who do not register with Service Number.
The bill imposes severe penalties including a fine of 10,000 shillings for those who fail to register for the document or fail to show their children to be registered.
The main purpose of the bill is to establish NIIMS which will be the basic data register for all citizens.
The bill states that a number will be carried on a Service card that will be issued to anyone over the age of 18.