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Affidavits Required for Changing Particulars with NIRA –Kadilo

Gilbert Kadilo, the NIRA Public Relations and Corporate Affairs Manager says person who seek to change names will be required to present a deed poll, as a key document among others, in line with provisions of the Oaths Act and the Births and Deaths Registration Act.

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Persons seeking to change their particulars in the National Identification Registration Authority-NIRA database are advised to furnish the authority with affidavits administered By Commissioner of Oath.

The service, according to the authority, is available to persons who have made changes in their civil status. These changes include; change of name after marriage, change of location, change of name, change of sex and others.

Gilbert Kadilo, the NIRA Public Relations and Corporate Affairs Manager says person who seek to change names will be required to present a deed poll, as a key document among others, in line with provisions of the  Oaths Act  and the Births and Deaths Registration Act.

The Birth and Death registration act stipulates that any person aged 21 and above, who wishes to change their name shall have to publish a notice in the Gazette and apply to the registrar, seven days after the publication of the notice.

According to Kadilo, only applicants who undertake the process and present copies of a deed poll for assessment by NIRA will have their names changed in the system.

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However, persons seeking to correct errors on their National IDs do not have to go through the same process, Kadilo emphasizes. He says IDs with errors detected before collection will be rectified at no cost, while those detected after collection are rectified at a cost of 50,000 Shillings.

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The clarity came after public outcry on the processes for correction of errors on the National ID. He says the outcry came after a mix up between persons seeking to correct errors and those seeking to change particulars.

Established by the Registration of Persons Act 2015, the National Identification and Registration Authority is a government-owned organisation mandated to register births and deaths in the country and to develop a National Identification Register for both citizens and legally resident non-citizens. It also mandated to issue national identification numbers and cards for every citizen.

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