Two days to the mass registration deadline,Â Kenyans are flocking to various centresÂ to register forÂ Huduma NambaÂ beforeÂ Saturday, May 18, 2019.
A spot checkÂ byÂ kenyagist.comÂ revealed queues of people snaking theirÂ way for tens of metres in many centres as early as 6am.
This situationÂ is expected to worsen as many Kenyans fall victim to the last-minute rush.
However, there are ways to beat the queues toÂ ensure you spend the least time possible at the centres andÂ beat the deadline of the mass registration process.
Download and Fill the Form in Advance
A tip to ensure efficiency at the Huduma Namba registration points is to download and fill theÂ form fromÂ hudumanamba.go.ke beforehand.
Having the form filled will cut down on the time you will have spent at the centre and you’ll also get to minimise on the errors by having time to confirm your details.
Remember to carryÂ identification documents like an ID, birth certificate, driving license or passport to facilitate the process.
Get There Early
Just as is the ritual during the voting period, the earlierÂ you get to the stations the higher your chances of leaving early as well. Budget for at least two hours as you may encounter a number of people also waiting to register.
At the queue, observe patience as the agents try to deal with the large numbers.
At the centre, once you have filled the form, the agents willÂ key in your details into the system.
The registration officer will also need to take a photo of you, take fingerprints and ask you to sign or use your thumbprint in order to finish the registration process.
They will also photograph your ID on both sides. Once complete, you will get an acknowledgment slip.
On Monday, Interior CS FredÂ Matiangâ€™iÂ announced that during this final week for the mass registration exercise, the operating hours wouldÂ be extended to run from 6am to 6pm.
He stated thatÂ 31 million Kenyans had so far registered on the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) to obtain the Huduma Namba.
As the deadline approaches, many people have observed delays at the centres with the agents running out of forms while others charging illegal fees to register people.
Such a scene was observed at Githurai 45 on Thursday morning where residents were forcedÂ to stand for hours as the agents waited for the forms to be delivered.
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