In an interview with Citizen TV, Musalia Mudavadi slammed the plan to link Huduma Namba to the voter register in the run-up to the 2022 General Election. According to Mudavadi, only the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is in charge of elections in the country.
If the contentious bill currently before the National Assembly is passed, Mudavadi believes it will jeopardize the election's credibility, particularly in the run-up to the General Election in 2022.
"We're at a vital juncture; elections are coming up in a few months, and any changes to election regulations must be carefully considered; otherwise, doubts may arise. The IEBC is in charge of elections... It's risky to link the Huduma Namba database to registered voters. The IEBC is in charge of the voter register, but who is in charge of the Huduma Namba database?" Mudavadi wondered.
"The executive is in charge of Huduma Namba. Which server will be launched if a petition for elections is filed? Will it be Huduma Namba or voter registration?" He continued.
The Huduma Bill of 2021 aims to establish the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), which would serve as the central database for all Kenyans' personal information. The 53-page Bill also mandates that the IEBC use the NIIMS system to construct its voter registration. Furthermore, the Bill, which is supported by Majority Leader Amos Kimunya, makes it essential for Kenyans to obtain Huduma Namba, which will be used to access personal information in the National Institute of Medical Sciences.
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