More than 500 identity cards are lying in the Turkana Central Sub County Registration office in Lodwar uncollected for several months.
Consequently the area sub county Registration Officer, George Ambasi is now calling on the applicants to pick the uncollected IDs from the office.
It is quite unfortunate that while some applicants are very eager to get their identity cards, those whose cards are available have not collected them, Ambasi told KNA in his office.
He said his office has been receiving an average of 15 applications for identity cards daily since schools closed last November.
Asked whether the applications are likely to increase as the 2017 general elections approaches, Ambasi said the trend would largely depend on how politicians mobilise their supporters to acquire the crucial documents.
One is required to have an identity card in order to register as a voter.
The Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission recently announced that the next general elections will be in August 2017.
According to the ministry’s service charter, Ambasi explained, it takes not more than 60 days for one to receive an identity card upon applying.
The main challenge facing applicants wishing to get IDs is the lack of birth certificates.
A sizeable number of children in Turkana County were born at home thereby complicating their process of acquiring birth certificates.
This is due to the long distances from homes to hospitals.
However, this situation is being addressed by the county government by establishing new health facilities in remote areas.
The requirement for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education candidates to have birth certificates before they can register for the exam has also increased the number of people with birth certificates in the county. However, children who drop out of primary school still miss this opportunity.
Turkana central sub county has three divisions namely, Central, Kerio and Kalokol divisions. Applications for IDs is being done at Kalokol and Lodwar offices..
By Peter Gitong