Resident asked to surrender dead relatives Identification cards

Mt. Elgon Sub County Registrar of Persons, Joseph Okute has appealed to area resident to surrender their deceased kin’s identification cards to his office immediately they received burial permits.

Speaking on Friday morning during a monthly head of departments meeting, Okute decried that most people were keeping their departed loved ones identification cards warning that the practice was illegal.

He therefore called on those withholding dead people’s IDs to hand them over to his office immediately.

Okute requested Deputy County Commissioner, Abednego Muli who chaired the meeting to instruct chiefs and their assistants to stop issuing those who cannot produce identification cards of their deceased relatives with burial permits.

“This exercise should be conducted before IEBC start voters’ registration next month since cases have been reported of some people using dead people documents to commit crime or to register as voters twice”, he noted.

The registrar however said his office would liaise with national coordination officers to ensure that such incidents were eradicated.

He urged those aged 18 year and above who had not applied for identity cards to do so to enable them participate in next year’s general election.

Okute further advised those who applied and had not collected the vital document to pick them from the department’s office at Kapsokwony Township.

By Douglas Mudambo