Kenya: Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) No. 18 of 2018

Published: 4/Jan/2019

Amends the Registration of Persons Act (Cap 107) to establish the National Management Integrated Identity System Management System:

s.3. Insert the following new definitions in proper alphabetical sequence-

« Biometric » means unique identifiers (Cap 107) or attributes including fingerprints, hand geometry, earlobe geometry, retina and iris patterns, voice waves and Deoxyribonucleic Acid in digital form;

« Global Positioning System coordinates » means the unique identifier of precise geographic location on the earth, expressed in alphanumeric character being a combination of latitude and longitude; « physical form » means existing in a form that one can see and touch; and

« Principal Secretary » means the Principal Secretary in the ministry responsible for matters relating to registration of persons.

s.5(1)(d) Delete [declared race or tribe] and substitute therefor –

(i) county of birth; or

(ii) county of residence.

(1)(g) Delete paragraph (g) and substitute therefor the following new paragraph –

(g) place of residence and postal address, Global Positioning Systems coordinates, Land Reference Number, Plot Number or House Number, if any;

(1)(h) Insert the words « in physical form » immediately after the words « toe impressions ».

Insert the following new paragraph immediately after paragraph (h) –

(ha) biometric data.

Insert the following new section immediately after section 9 –

9A. (1) There is established a National Management Integrated Identity System Management System.

(2) The functions of the system are –

(a) to create, manage, maintain and operate a national population register as a single source of personal information of all Kenyan citizens and registered foreigners resident in Kenya;

(b) to assign a unique national identification number to every person registered in the register;

(c) to harmonise, incorporate and collate into the register, information from other databases in Government agencies relating to registration of persons;

(d) to support the printing and distribution for collection all national identification cards, refugee cards, foreigner certificates, birth and death certificates, driving licenses, work permits, passport and foreign travel documentation, student identification cards issued under the Births and Deaths Registration Act, Basic Education Act, Registration of Persons Act, Refugees Act, Traffic Act and the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act and all other forms of government issued identification documentation as may be specified by gazette notice by the Cabinet Secretary;

(e) to prescribe, in consultation with the various relevant issuing authorities, a format of identification document to capture the various forms of information contained in the identification documents in paragraph (d) for purposes of issuance of a single document where applicable;

(f) to verify and authenticate information relating to the registration and identification of persons;

(g) to collate information obtained under this Act and reproduce it as may be required, from time to time;

(h) to ensure the preservation, protection and security of any information or data collected, obtained, maintained or stored in the register;

(i) to correct errors in registration details, if so required by a person or on its own initiative to ensure that the information is accurate, complete, up to date and not misleading; and

(j) to perform such other duties which are necessary or expedient for the discharge of functions under this Act.

(3) The Principal Secretary shall be responsible for the administration, coordination and management of the system.

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Themes: Cartes d’identité et passeports
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2019