Kenyan Passport Application Goes Digital

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The Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons will no longer accept manual passportapplications from April. In a statement in eCitizen portal yesterday, the department said all passportapplications will be done online.

“This is to inform the general public that as from 15 April 2015, all passport application will be made via www.ecitizen.go.ke,” it says.

President Uhuru Kenyatta early this month said all government agencies should adopt the e-procurement system to enhance transparency in how tenders are awarded.

He gave government officials one week to adhere to the requirement to use an open process to reduce corruption.

The Head of State said the objective was to make government procurement processes open to scrutiny by the public so that everyone can know how a tender was awarded.

It was directed to Cabinet Secretaries, PSs and CEOs of parastatals to ensure all agencies under them have gone on the online platform.

Kenyatta spoke when he launched an Integrated Population Registration System at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi, on March 11.

The IPRS is a system that will create a single database on all people residing in Kenya to make it easier for service delivery and verification of identity to improve security.

Business name registration, notice of marriage, solemnisation of marriage, commissioning of affidavits and provisional driving licences are some of the services given through the e-portal.

To apply for services, one has to create an eCitizen Account using a national ID, a valid email address, a working phone number and a profile photo.

One logs in, finds a service, fills in the relevant application forms online, makes payments as instructed and submits the application.

One receives real time alerts on the progress of the application via short text messages and email. Permits can be downloaded and printed from wherever one is.

– The Star

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