Deputy president William Ruto has today, Thursday ordered Chiefs in Molo to stop demanding for baptismal cards and birth certificates to issue IDs.
Ruto said it was not necessary to demand for those documents from youth whose parents are well known.
“The chiefs need to help us register as many voters as possible but this will not be possible if the youth don’t have IDs. I have directed the chiefs from Molo where we have the largest number of unregistered voters not to keep asking for birth certificates from children whose parents are well know,” said Ruto.
The DP added that it was not a requirement in the past for newborns to get birth certificates so most of those coming of age don’t have the documents.
“It is just recently that the Jubilee government made it possible for every mother to deliver in the hospitals after scrapping the maternity fees. In the past there were so many women who could not afford to deliver in the hospitals and thus the children don’t have birth certificates,” added DP William Ruto.
At the same time, Ruto said it was also not a must for those applying for IDs to have baptismal cards.
According to the Deputy President, there are over 400 thousand unregistered voters in Nakuru with Molo sub-county having the majority of those.
Ruto wants the issuance of the IDs to be speeded up to no more than three days.
“It should not take more than three days to issue an ID after an applicant has applied. The process has to be speeded up to give everyone a chance to register as a voter before the mass voter registration period is over,” said Ruto.
Ruto is on a day tour around Nakuru County to mobilize residents to apply for IDs and also asking them to support the Jubilee party.