DNA Now Required for Registration of New Persons in Kenya

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Persons Registering for National Identity Cards will now be required to give out more detailed information.

This is after President Uhuru assented to the amendments to the Registration of Persons Act, which sought to include two more requirements.

The new requirements now mean that any adult applying for a national ID will be required to provide unique identifiers such as Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) in digital form, voice waves, retina and iris patterns and earlobe persons.

Additionally, physical location details such as GPS/satellite location, land reference number, plot number and/or house number will also be required of those seeking registration.

These new requirements now mean the government will be able to track persons more accurately.

DNA samples will make it easier for law enforcement agencies to arrest criminals. Samples collected from crime scenes will be cross-referenced with government records to easily identify and apprehend suspects.

In addition to the above requirements, the government is seeking to introduce provision of GPS coordinates to facilitate satellite tracking.

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