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The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties  (ORPP) has recently added 7 staff members to its human capital establishment of new staff members upon completion of recruitment and their reporting to duty at varied dates between December, 2022 and January, 2023. This was commenced on advertisements  in public media and ORPP website of the vacancies on 8th February 2022. 

In a  formal joint introductory meeting of new staff to the Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu,CBS held on 11th January 2023 in the 4th floor boardroom at the headquarters, they were briefed on expectations and meaningful contribution to the ORPP to buttress its gained in line with its regulatory role.  

The Registrar in her address during the meeting underscored to the new staff the importance of staff discipline, commitment to duty and overall adherence to established staff Code of Conduct. She further urged the need for them to deliver on tasks assigned beyond the prescriptions of job descriptions. 

Pillars of ORPP

Highlighting what she deemed "Pillars” that hold the ORPP brand honorable, the Registrar pointed out that the pillars of; innovation; confidentiality; positive culture,  getting work done, positive attitude , moral values, respect for one another as some of the critical players all staff must abide by. “ A look at Office core values, one of them is innovativeness. We want an Office that can come up with new ways of improving our institution and place it in the global map and align with the era we live in. In line with the vision of being  a model regulator of political parties for a credible democratic multiparty system, we must uniquely mold the institution and make it admirable to the public and stakeholders for other corporates to emulate”, she emphasized. Further cautioning for the new employees not to breach any provisions in the Staff Code of Conduct some of which pertains to discipline, avoiding casualness and embracing professionalism in and out of work station. 

Kazi bora, si bora kazi

The Registrar further highlighted the need to get work done and diligence. “Adopt a positive institutional culture-, respect any client that comes for any service at our institution even if its not in your role to do so. Make effort to guide the customers while noting the commitments and timelines spelt out in our Service Delivery Charter. Always be honest and co-operate with one another in line of duty and manage your time well without supervision. Fanya kazi bora, si bora kazi”, she advised while giving assurance of her leadership to employee wellness contained in various support programmes at staff disposal.

The head of Human Resource, Jacqueline Kosgei called on new staff to familiarize with the ORPP Human Resources Policy and Procedures Manual, 2017 and a raft of policies ahead of new staff induction exercise to be conducted in due course.  The meeting was convened and spearheaded by the Human Resources Management team.

The new staff already on duty include;  George Odongo, Susane Shighadi Mwaingo and Ifrah Issack Ibrahim (Registration Officers);Elizabeth Mutile Nguma (Customer Service Assistant); Mercy Jepchumba Kiptoo and Winnie Karimi Mbaabu (Compliance Officers) and Stephen Mogaka Ondieki (Driver).

The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) was among the key institutional Data Handlers that participated in the Data Privacy Conference organized by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) in KICC Nairobi from 26th to 28th January 2023. In a two-prong participation, the Office provided key panel discussant though the Registrar of Political Parties and set up exhibition stand to exhibit and interact with the participants and stakeholders in the open exhibition arena at the same venue.

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The Registrar of Political Parties Ms Ann Nderitu, CBS (2nd left) makes her submission as one of discussants in a panels that delved into commitment and compliance of institutions as data handlers 

The government and private entities were urged to ensure compliance of Data Protection Act and resultant regulations by implementing appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect personal data and ensuring the third parties they work with also comply with these regulations.

A collaborative approach involving regular communication and cooperation between the various key data handlers was recommended to ensure there is compliance and protection of individual personal data. 

The conference under the theme Protecting Data Privacy in a Digitally Transformed Economy targeted government and private entities, civil society organizations, academia, professional associations and the general public. The forum was part of the country’s commemoration of the International Data Protection marked annual on 28th January. 

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Seated from Left: ICT Cabinet Secretary Mr. Eliud Owalo, PS ICT Eng John Tanui and Emmaculate Kassait, the Data Commissioner in a discussion session moderated by ODPC official. 

This year, ORPP ranked 2nd runners-up under the Independent Offices category of the ((Financial Reporting Awards) FiRe awards. The awards, is a joint initiative of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), the Capital Market Authority (CMA) Kenya, and the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) founded in 2002 to promote financial reporting standards. The award, adds to similar previous awards ORPP received in recognition of its role in upholding financial reporting standards in line with applicable laws and professional standards. 

fire awardsDouglas Osores and Jane Kamau receive FiRe award on behalf of ORPP at an award Gala at Safari Park, Nairobi on 17th December, 2022

Players will enhance collaboration to optimize the role of the Political Parties Liaison Committee of Kenya, a dialogue platform pitying Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), ORPP  and fully registered political parties, established under Section 38 of the Political Parties Act,2011. This came to the fore during a post-election evaluation forum held on 23rd December, 2022, in Nairobi.


ORPP team and stakeholders during the forum

The evaluation aimed at identifying key achievements and areas of improvement in subsequent elections.

Stringent electoral timelines, inadequacies of intra-political parties' democracy and shortfalls in party lists were cited as some of the challenges that faced during the electoral process.

Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu appreciated the political parties for effectively participating in the last general election while calling for them to live by respective party ideologies in the current electoral cycle.

"I call upon you to advocate your ideologies and to guide members and supporters to participate in your party activities," urged the Registrar while speaking in the forum.

The need for further legal reforms and political /civic education were some of the recommendations for the gaps identified.

Participants' feedback received in the forum will form part of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) post-election report on the conduct of August 2022 general election. 

Assistant Registrar of Political Parties (ARPP) Regulation and Compliance, Ali A. Surraw termed the work collectively attained by staff during one of the busiest year that 2022 as occasioned by the general election as heroic. In his inspiring talk during the 2022 end of year in Mombasa, Ali shared that he was elated by staff commitment and professional prowess that helped ORPP deliver and contribute to one of the most competitive general election in the history of the country.

“Stand tall and pride yourselves as heroes having personally counted and contributed to the country’s patriotic endeavor. Team, you are heroes.”, Ali appreciated staff.

The Assistant Registrar acknowledged the impact of ORPP contribution to the election naming its role as one of the second highest responsibilities in the elections. In his recollection, he further noted the need to uphold ideals to better position ORPP and progress staff professional growth as some of his lessons learned.

He underscored the cardinal necessity of teamwork, observing that team synergy not only buttresses the smart attainment of resolutions set by staff and the Office but also builds on the innovative demands of present times “ It is not only about finance, strategy, technology-which I must acknowledge we have done very well…It is about teamwork… none of us is as smart as all of us”, counseled ARRP. “Moving into the new year 2023, I urge all to embrace open communication; flexibility and reliability; innovation and diversity; leadership and motivation as some of the epitomes that we must live by as we work”, reckoned Ali.

Ass registrar Ali Surraw

Assistant Registrar Mr Ali Surraw making his closing remarks during the end-of-year staff retreat

The ARPP further reiterated for staff to always endeavor to bring solutions through their work and professional forte to both ORPP and society as a whole. “As top Management, we stand on your shoulders as staff. We must, therefore, celebrate each other, and inspire one another as we gladly serve in our respective roles”, he said.