Many Kenyans have found themselves registered as members of different political parties without their consent. Political parties have been registering Kenyans in shady ways, such as by purchasing data, in an effort to gain Kenyans as members.
Finding out about your political party registration status requires going through an online process that takes between 30 and 1 minute:
- Go to the ORPP website.
- On the main menu, click on Political Parties
- on Political Party Membership
- Enter your identification number (ID) or Passport number
How do you deregister yourself if, say, you were signed without your approval? Deregistration is not a simple process, and most of the time you may give up in the middle of it out of frustration.
You must prepare a letter of resignation opting out of that specific party for the first choice, and you must also copy it to the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties. Because no political party would allow you to quit, this frequently doesn’t work. They have control over you.
The other choice is to write a letter of opposition to the party with a copy to the registrar’s office. In this case, the matter will be promptly investigated to make sure you have been deregistered. Political parties might also disregard this if the Registrar doesn’t enforce it.
Now, the only way to remain safe and avoid this trouble is to make sure that you are not registered. This is difficult but there are ways you can use to minimize this:
- Avoid leaving your ID numbers and correct names when entering buildings (Nairobi especially)
- Avoid downloading apps that need your ID numbers, names, locations, etc (mobile loan apps)
- Avoid sharing your personal information with other people.