Huduma Namba Will Not Be Used In 2022 Polls- Govt

Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna, while addressing the press on Wednesday, October 13 had confirmed the directive on the basis of a delay in the process resulting from a court injunction issued in May 2019.

Huduma Namba Will Not Be Used In 2022 Polls- Govt

Kenyans will not need to use their Huduma Namba during the 2022 General Elections exercise, the government has announced.

Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna, while addressing the press on Wednesday, October 13 had confirmed the directive on the basis of a delay in the process resulting from a court injunction issued in May 2019.

Oguna was addressing concerns by Kenyans on whether or not their Huduma Namba cards would be required during the Tuesday, August 9, 2022 exercise, despite it being the most preferred document.

"Concerns regarding whether Huduma Namba will be used in the coming general election, the position is that it will not be used. While it would have been the most preferred document, there was a delay in the Huduma Namba process after the court issued an injunction in May 2019.

Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna. /TWITTER

"The injunction was lifted in Jan 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," he said.

Oguna added that so far, 11.2 million Huduma Namba cards had been processed and 6.5 million collected across the country. He further urged Kenyans whose cards that are confirmed ready to collect them. 

"The process of issuance of Huduma Card is going on well. As of today, 11.2 million cards have been processed, and 6.5 million were collected. Kenyans whose cards are ready are urged to collect them," the Government spokesperson stated. 

He reiterated that Kenyans can check the status of their cards online by logging in to confirmation.hudumanamba.go.ke using just their identification number (ID).

The arrangement for Phase 2 of registration of the card is still ongoing, with mobilization of the necessary resources have been complete and training of ICT and NRB officers ongoing. The announcement on the commencement of Phase 2 will be made in due course.

Oguna further encouraged Kenyans to register to vote in next year's election through the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in order to choose their preferred leaders.

"Voting is every person’s constitutional right, and it is important to vote in order to choose the Government and the leaders that you want to represent you. IEBC has rolled out nationwide voter registration, & the turnout at the stations has been low," he stated. 

Oguna had announced on Monday, October 4 that voters who registered between 2012 and 2021 will not be enrolled afresh during the mass registration exercise. He called upon the registered voters not to participate in the mass drive as IEBC already had their data and will instead be offered a chance to verify their data on a date set by the IEBC. 

Under the verification window, voters who wish to change their polling stations would be allowed to do so. 

"Kenyans who registered as voters between 2012 and now (2021) should not register afresh, but wait for the register inspection window to verify their details, which will be announced a later date.

"IEBC will soon communicate details on how to verify voters registration status through SMS & web portal platforms," Oguna mentioned at the time.

Oguna further stated that the new registration window targets new voters, those who had never registered with the commission and Kenyans who got their Identification Documents (IDs) beyond 2017. In that year, IEBC registered a total of 19,6111,423 voters across 40,833 polling stations in the country.

Members who are qualified can register as voters once in a constituency or registration centre of his or her choice and not more than once. Persons who register more than once are liable on conviction, to a fine not exceeding Ksh100,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or both.

“The Commission targets to register 6 million new eligible Kenyans, on the basis of information from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census report. The target was disaggregated to each County, Constituency and County Assembly Ward to enable monitoring of progress,” a statement from IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati read.

The one-month IEBC exercise commenced on Monday, October 4 and is expected to last up to November 2.

Voters queue outside a polling station during the 2017 General Elections. /FILE