As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to bite, the Office of the Registrar of Marriages has taken its services online.
This is done through the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice in conjunction with E-citizen.
In a pre-tested online system officially launched today, pending marriage applications totalling to 1,841 were directed to reapply using the system oag.ecitizen.go.ke, from which 779 were successfully received.
Speaking at the launch at the State Law Office earlier today, Chief Administrative Secretary at the AG’s Office Winnie Guchu said the system is meant to enable restricted interaction between marriage registration officers and members of the public seeking marriage services hence ensuring crowd management through systemized flow of people.
After applications and payments are done through oag.ecitizen.go.ke, visits to the Registry will be though scheduled appointments in compliance with all MOH guidelines.
The formal physical appearance for the ceremony at the Registry takes as short as 15 minutes.
The Marriage Registry had been closed well over a month ago and the Attorney General then had assured clients that it would resume services within the shortest time possible.
“Before the Covid-19 outbreak, clients seeking marriage services were not required to make prior appointments before visiting the Marriage Registry,” said Winnie, adding, “In a day the Registry was serving an average of 600 clients and the service was being offered manually and with the pandemic, the the Registry had to devise ways of offering marriage services in compliance with MOH guidelines.”
The services to be offered on the e-citizen platform are: Registration of Marriage Notice, Registration by Special Licence, Application for Certified Copy of Marriage Certificate, Application for Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage, Registration of Hindu Marriages ad Registration of New and Existing Customary Marriages.
Others are Licencing of Ministers of Faith, Issuance of Marriage Books, Registration of Adoptions ad Registration of Foreign Marriages.
Objections to Marriage is also accepted with the new system.
The online system is, however, being piloted in Nairobi before decentralisation to other areas.
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