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Residents of the Coast region encouraged collecting Service Number cards

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Residents in the coastal region have been encouraged to pick up their Service Number cards from various collection points.

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The regional registrar for the region, Aggrey Masai, said the region had received a total of 150,000 service cards.

Kilifi County received the largest number of cards with 57,000, followed by Taita Taveta 27,000, Kwale with 25,000, Mombasa and 18,000, Tanariver 14,000 and finally Lamu County with 7,000 service cards.

Masai said after enhancing the issuance of cards through the Rapid Response Program (RRI) last week Kilifi County was able to issue 11,000 cards, followed by TaitaTaveta with 8000, Mombasa 5000, Tana River 1500, and 1400 service cards.

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Masai said the exercise has been funded through sub-county offices, chiefs’ offices, market areas and door-to-door distribution within the coastal region to enhance the collection exercise.

“We have moved to the office and delivery is being done in small areas throughout the Coast region,” said Masai.

He added that the card is a very important document that a Kenyan citizen needs to have as it carries data on a person’s identity.

The regional director also said the government would distribute another registration exercise to those who would still apply for the card.

Masai said the exercise was halted due to an increase in the number of Covid-19, adding that once the curve decreases, the exercise will continue.

He urged locals to be vigilant and register as soon as the government issues the second phase of registration saying service cards will be mandatory for a person to access government services in the future.

Service Number is a system that seeks to register all Kenyans under the new database. The registration process requires tons of information from the user, as well as biometric data.

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