Around June last year Kenyans on social media uncovered a gross violation of their data protection rights. Most were registered as members of political parties without their consent or even the slightest of knowledge. Actually, some are still illegally registered not knowing how to de-register.
As a result, the Data Protection Commissioner’s office sent out a directive requiring the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) to deregister all Kenyans who had been erroneously registered to the political parties.
The ORPP launched its services on eCitizen three months ago, effectively giving Kenyans the authority to manage their individual affiliations with political parties.
The portal will allow one to join a political party, check their registration status and resign from a political party.
How to Check Status
- Open the ecitizen website
- If you already have an account, log in with your email or ID number and password. If you are new to the website, click to sign up and enter your details.
- Once the website opens, scroll down through the array of services to ‘Office of the Registrar of Political Parties.’ and click on it
- Click on the first option written ‘Political membership status’
- Click on ‘complete’ to view your status.
- Here, you can confirm whether you have been registered to any party, and if so, if it is the party of your choice.
How to register to a political party
- Click on ‘Political parties member registration’
- Enter and fill all the details in the next page
- click on register to submit your registration request.
How to resign from a political party
- Login to your eCitizen account.
- Select Office of The Registrar of Political Parties
- Select Political Party Membership Resignation
- Click on resignation reasons
- Choose erroneously registered
- Press preview
- Press complete
According to the ORPP, the secretary-general of the concerned party will receive the request and notify the registrar of political parties within seven days for your name to be removed. It is also impossible to register to a political party while you have a pending resignation.