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Weeks after Kenyans were greatly shocked to learn that they had been registered by political parties without their knowledge or consent.
The scandal was discovered after one Kenyan discovered that when he searched for his data on the website of the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP), he was registered with a party he did not recognize.
This citizen posted the news on Twitter, and many of us went to the e-Citizen and ORPP pages to see if we were also affected.Most of us were registered in political parties without our knowledge or consent.
According to the law, First, the distribution of public data without their knowledge or consent; this was banned by the constitution as well as the Privacy-Data Act of 2019.
In Kenyan law, secrecy is one of the human rights protected by section 31 of the Kenyan constitution.
The Privacy-Data Act incorporates various regulations regarding the confidentiality and privacy of citizens' data, specifically targeting organizations and the government itself.
According to this law, private and public entities are not permitted to collect, use or disseminate further citizen information and are required to carry out their work, and without their knowledge or consent.
These principles are linked to one principle - that every citizen has the right to protect their data and the government has a responsibility to protect our data against misuse.
Despite this, it appears that those affected by the conflict were included in the political parties according to their ethnic background. That is, based on their names or the data collected in their IDs, they were placed in a party that is more closely aligned with the one who identifies himself as his or her tribal leader.
As a result, many Luhya found out that they were registered with the Amani National Congress (ANC) party led by Musalia Mudavadi. And the Kikuyu were included in the Jubilee party, and the Luo in the ODM party.
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