2022 ELECTIONS

Huduma Namba won't be used in 2022 polls - government

So far, 11.2 million Huduma Namba cards have been processed, and 6.5 million collected.

In Summary

•Kenyans whose cards are ready are urged to collect them.

· To check the status of the card, one can log onto www.confirmation.hudumanamba.go.ke by using their ID card number.

Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna.
Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna.
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Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna has said Huduma Namba cards will not be used for identification in the 2022 General Election.

In a statement on Wednesday, Oguna said this is because the process was delayed, affecting the scheduled timelines.

"While it would have been the most preferred document, there was delay in the Huduma Namba process after the court issued an injunction in May 2019," he said.

"The injunction was lifted in January 2020, but with the condition that regulations on the management of data be developed. This was completed and the process resumed in November 2020. This delay had an impact on the process."

The government spokesperson also revealed that as of October 13, 11.2 million Huduma Namba cards have been processed, and 6.5 million collected.

Kenyans whose cards are ready are urged to collect them. To check the status of the card, one can log onto www.confirmation.hudumanamba.go.ke by using their ID card number.

He added preparations for the second phase of Huduma Namba registration are underway and an announcement on the commencement date will be made in due course.

"Mobilisation of the necessary resources is done, and training of ICT and NRB officers is on-going," Oguna added.

The announcement comes following calls by political leaders for clarification on whether the document would be used in next year's election.

Last month, ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi asked the IEBC to come clear on allegations that Huduma Namba would be used as a voting document instead of the ID.

He warned that the use of Huduma Namba would erode the credibility of the polls.

“Our electoral laws recognise the national identity card or the passport as documents of voting. No law has been changed to allow any other document to be used,” Mudavadi said.

He reiterated that credible elections will only be achieved if the electoral agency adheres to the law.