The benefits of IPRS, both long and short term, are many and diverse. The following benefits are expected to accrue to the stakeholder organisations.
Kenya Revenue Authority: IPRS will facilitate improvement of revenue collection at the Kenya Revenue Authority particularly the income tax and other domestic taxes. The system will contribute to the widening the tax base and spreading the tax bracket IPRS, through its facility and ability to link up various institutions charged with the responsibility of business registration and regulation such as councils and company registry. In addition, the system will enhance conformity to tax demands and requirements by both individuals and companies
Kenya National Bureau of Statistics: KNBS will benefit from the IPRS initially, through cutting cost on the population surveys that the bureau routinely undertakes. Secondly, as IPRS moves towards full coverage of population data, detailed information on the population will be readily available and easily accessible. This could reduce the cost for national census resulting to savings by the Government.
Interim Independent Electoral Commission of Kenya: IPRS will contribute immensely to management of the voter registration process by ensuring ease of updates and maintenance of a clean voter register. Through linkage to the civil registration’s births and deaths information, the system will ensure automatic removal of voters from the register once reported as dead. In addition, through linkage to the national registration database the planning and projection of voter registration exercises will be smooth as the number of new eligible voters by district will be easy to determine.
Security: IPRS will contribute to enforcement of law and order as the information on individuals is made easily accessible thereby establishing the identity, particularly of criminal elements, for faster action. This benefit is further extended to the judicial process thus improving the administration of justice.
Social Services: Lack of an easy and reliable way of identifying individuals claiming benefits from the National Social Security Fund has, over the years, been a cause for illegal and fraudulent payments by the Fund. By use of unique identification number and allowing referencing of the individual information in the national register, opportunities for fraudulent claims are markedly minimised. Reduction and eventual removal of these fraudulent payments will improve the efficiency of the fund by eliminating loses through pilferage.
Private sector organisations such as banks, financial institutions and insurance companies will, upon request, authorisation and in a regulated manner be provided access to the NPR for verification of identification documents.
Other short term benefits of the system include:
- Accurate, reliable and comprehensive population registration database containing civil status details of entire resident population;
- Increased efficiency in information access and retrieval;
- Increased efficiency in service delivery;
- Optimal utilization of resources;
- Ease of identification and control of immigrants, refugees and visitors into the country;
- Increased data security, integrity and confidentiality, and issuance of more secure identification documents;
- Elimination of overlaps, duplications of efforts and multiple registrations through the introduction of the intelligent IPN and biometrics;
- Ability to prevent and detect fraud more effectively;
- Provision of a mechanism for convenient and timely access to information.