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Corporate Affairs
Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; January,14, 2020.


Political Parties with provisional registration that are seeking full registration will be required to provide verifiable evidence of their established infrastructure across the country as required by the Political Parties Act. The Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) has from 14 th to 17 th January dispatched teams in 8 regions across the country for on-ground verification exercise of the various political parties that have applied for full registration. The regions include Coast, Lower Eastern, Upper Eastern, Western, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Central and Nairobi.

The exercise seeks to verify physical presence of functional parties’ offices in at least 24 counties (the headquarters already verified), party leadership, personnel responsible in respective offices, mechanisms for recruitment of members, membership register, party constitutions, party activities, policy framework and administrative structures among other raft of legal stipulations. These are some of the stringent requirements for consideration for approval to full registration status. The requirements are complement to Constitutional requirements for formation of political parties which should have a national outlook.

The verification is part of ORPP commitment of ensuring political parties are established for posterity and capable of actualising their set out ideologies and as key avenues for the citizens political participation and inclusivity in the democratic process, the Registrar Ann Nderitu said while kick-starting
the exercise on 13 th January at the ORPP Offices in Nairobi. “As an Office we continue to shift our processes to ensure that the registration of political parties is geared towards institutionalising political parties as citadels for democracy”, Registrar said. She further informed that the ORPP has already established 7 regional offices in Kisumu, Eldoret, Nyeri, Isiolo, Mombasa, Nakuru and Kitui not just for monitoring parties for compliance but taking
service closer to the people as well an opportunity for political parties and their members to seek guidance and services required of the Office. The Office will endeavour to expand to other regions and progressively to all the counties, Registrar added.

On conclusion of the exercise, consolidated reports will thoroughly be scrutinized to ascertain the compliance status of the political parties in question. They will further, be guided accordingly in case gaps are identified with a view of ensuring full compliance prior to registration.

To date, there are sixty eight (68) fully registered political parties, twelve (12) provisionally registered, of which majority are subject of verification during the exercise to ascertain compliance.

Corporate Affairs
Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; December,13,2019.


The Executive Directors from various fully registered political parties have appreciated the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) for its strive towards improvement of the political parties’ management system. The Directors view adds to the voice of the stakeholders who have held that the Integrated Political Parties Management System (IPPMS) to be a key ICT solution towards a robust and centralised source of data for its varied modules.

This was brought out during the Executive Directors and a section of ORPP staff training of IPPMS held on the 9th and 11th December 2019 in Machakos. Participants were taken; through bulk uploads of membership data, users’ credentials, generation of reports, audits trails, safety and security measures among a host other general management of the system. The forum was also used as an opportunity for the Office’s to receive views from varied stakeholders for improving on the system.

The resonating message from all present was that of a system that is good intended and which if put to its full use, can address the previous gaps experienced in management of political parties’ data and broader area of data cleansing during electioneering process with focus on party primaries. “It is a good system that we need to support and we should work together to enhance”, observed Mr. Daniels Taabu, one of the Executive Directors.

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A section of Executive Directors during the training conducted by ORPP from

9th  to 11th  December,  2019 at the Kyaka Hotel in Machakos.

The Office is committed to building capacity for the users of the system as one of the raft reforms in the election processes, observed Joseph Nyongesa of ICT. His counterpart Lenard Rotich noting “one of our key reasons for being here is not just train but take stock of the recommendations you make on the system”. From inception of IPPMS, which has come a long way, we can guarantee that the system is safe, secure and universally embraces the tenets of system integration and compatibility, assured Bob Waithaka, the Head of ICT Unit.

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Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu (right) leads in cutting a

courtesy cake to mark a successful completion of the training

Key issues identified for improvement surrounded areas such as; improving collaborative networks for integration of IPPMS with those of related government agencies; improving on systemic notifications to the users; enhance data segregation; analysis of data as research insights especially in respect to special interest groups and possibly opening up the usage to members of the public.

“The feedback we receive from end-user enables ORPP to effect changes for the system to be responsive to fluid tech-world dynamics and aspirations of the users. In particular, it will help us iron out any systemic gaps and be prepared in good time ahead of the forthcoming general elections”, noted the Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu. Further, she noted that it was about time for varied sector players to make appropriate political data available to the citizens to guide and inform their political choices. “Moving forward, we must move to the next level such as ensuring clean data and seamless full integration. We envisage new applications for political parties registration be processed through the system”, Registrar guided.

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ORPP team debriefs to chart a way forward at the

closure of the IPPMS training

The training, supported by the UN Women, was part of the continued streak of ORPP putting in place relevant systems and solutions in line with government commitment to automate service processes as encapsulated in its directives for e-business.

Corporate Affairs
Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; December,2,2019.

The Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) on Monday 2nd December 2019, in Nairobi, launched a cache of publications. The event was a culmination of a multi-stakeholder concerted effort towards the publications’ authorship, reviews and eventual publication.

The publications launched were the Popular Version of the Political Parties Act; Political Parties Leadership Training Source Book; The Communication Policy and Strategy; Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy and Strategy and Service Charter.

Lead speakers and partners lauded the development of the documents as a noteworthy milestone critical in the empowering players in political processes. “Having been on process from its inception, I can tell you that the journey has been long and involving, but I am happy that we together celebrate the coming to be of these essential publications”, appreciated  Prof. Lee Muthoga, one of the lead Intellectuals in the development of the Source book and a guest speaker during the event. His sentiments corroborated by Prof. Catherine Ndungo, one of the frontage scholars towards the making of the Popular Version. She was pleased to have translated the version into Kiswahili language, terming it as one of ways of delivering legalese message to Kenyans across board in language they can easily understand.  

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Key note speaker Hon. Justice Mbogholi Msagha (3rd right) Chairperson, the Judiciary Committee on

Elections, the Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu (2nd right) andother guests launch the

ORPP corporate publications

In his key address, Hon. Justice Mbogholi Msagha, Chairperson, the Judiciary Committee on Elections, challenged the political class to take lead in solving challenges of the country, particularly in respect to political disputes. The Chief Guest noted, such resolution rests heavily on political parties’ internal dispute mechanisms as contained in their respective founding constitutions. “Integrity and transparency in political parties’ affairs especially those regarding disputes can substantially reduce disputes that escalate to Political Parties Dispute Tribunal and obviously affect electorates”, appealed the Msagha. He also called on the political parties to regularly review their constitutions and code of conduct cognisant the dynamics that come especially after election outcomes. The Hon. Judge further appealed to the political leadership to communicate right and progressive perspectives to the populace that informs day to day narratives for many Kenyans.

The Chairman, Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) Hon. William Cheptumo assuring his to marshal up support for the ORPP to deliver the critical mandate to the Kenyan people. “As the National Assembly, we will legally and financially support Registrar’s Office as a key Office in delivering the good work it is doing,” noted the Chairman.

Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu while appreciating the stakeholders for unwavering support to ORPP, promised ORPP’s commitment towards reaching out to the stakeholders of all walks of life through stakeholder trainings, awareness creation and other mechanisms to ensure Kenyans are sensitized of the wealth of knowledge contained in the publications.

The well-attended launch had participants drawn from representatives of the UN Women and supporting partners; representatives of registered political parties; members of National Assembly and Senate; representatives of select foreign Missions and Embassies in Kenya; governance and civil society organisations among others.

The Leadership Training Source Book is an expert- compiled curriculum for training the political leadership on a breadth of areas to enhance adherence to tenets of the Constitution, Political Parties Act and the respective political parties’ Code of Conduct. The simplified version of the Political Parties Act is one of mechanism for enhancing wider access to legal information to the citizens and the sector players. The two publications are complemented by said institutional policy and strategy framework to be implemented within the quality standards precincts set out in the ORPP Service Charter, also launched.


Corporate Affairs
Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; December,01,2019.

The end year festivities for the Lea Toto Centre, an outfit under Nyumbani Children’s Home, came early following the Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP’s) support on the 29th November 2019. The heavy down pour during the visit did not dampen the spirit and zeal of staff volunteering the visit to the Centre, tucked right inside Kangemi area. The team endured the rain to ensure that the visit had to happen. To their effort, delightful of moments shared through dance, sharing of a meal and gifts as well as uplifting talks radiated a ray of hope and joy to the lovely children who have to surmount myriad health and socio-economic challenges that befall them.

We have come here as ORPP family because we are mindful of the underprivileged amongst our immediate society, said Hope Nandwa. “Friends you choose may make or break you, hence the need to careful identify and maintain friends willing and committed to your progress especially in your studies”, advised Silas Lukale during the education talk to the teens. We celebrate all involved in the care and concern not just of the little ones but their caregivers, noted Christine Makena, while handing in the items on behalf of the team.


A section of ORPP team and Centre Administrators during the Lea Toto Centre visit in Kangemi, Nairobi

The Administrators of the Centre were delighted of the visit, which was made possible by the overwhelming support from members of staff. “Christmas has come early for us, we have every reason to merry. Please pass our regards to the Management and the rest of the ORPP”, said the Centre’s nutritionist in her closing remarks.

The visit jointly organised by the Corporate Communication and Communication and Resource Centre Committee, was part of the implementation of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) intent as encapsulated under the humanitarian intervention focus area.


By Nandwa Hope                                                                                         

20th November 2019


Women should be seen as a voice of reason rather than those agitating for the fall of fellow women leaders. This was the resounding message pervading the Women Agenda Conference that was held at Safari Park Hotel on 19th November 2019.

The conference, themed State of the Nation and women’s voice on Kenya’s Governance Reform Agenda,  brought together over 200 women leaders in politics, civil society, government, professional associations, private sector, social movements, academia and faith based organizations across the country. The   objective of the forum was to deliberate and take stock of and position on the ongoing governance reform proposals as well as propose concrete strategies for stabilizing the country’s political setting.

Registrar of Political Parties Ms.Ann Nderitu was among key women leaders and lead speakers during a conference she applauded women participation in Political Parties which attributed to improvements from the previous years.

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From left-right, Hon Martha Wangari, MP Gilgil, Ms. Ann Nderitu Registrar of Political Parties, Sen. Abshiro Halakhe and

Hon Rozaah Dwasi Buyu Kisumu County Women Representative during the State of the Nation &Women's Voice Governance Forum.

 “Out of the one thousand and fifty eight (1,058) leaders we have as National Executive Councils of political parties, three hundred and four (304) are women, accounting for   32%  women leadership in top level organ of political parties  in the country”, she noted.

She further added that out of the sixty eight (68)  fully registered political parties, five (5) women are currently their respective political party leaders- six(6) being Chairpersons, twelve (12) are Secretary Generals while  twenty nine(29)  are Treasurers.

Ms. Nderitu further noting “The challenge of inclusion of youth and women in political leadership is a social and attitude problem hence to solve it there should be effective programs aimed at behavior change within the society”, she added.

On electoral reforms, the Registrar noted key among the issues that affect women participation in political parties pertains candidature of women.

 “In an effort to ensure that party primaries are held in a democratic and systemic manner, ORPP has been steering  a multi-agency taskforce on party primaries, with the mandate to review the framework for political parties primaries to ensure promotion of free and fair nomination of candidates”, she further informed.

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Registrar of Political Parties, Ms Ann Nderitu,

making her presentation at the women fora

Finance and elections was also noted as among factors that influence the participation of women candidates with the clearance fees of the candidates vying termed to be high. She urged political parties to consider introducing incentives such as waivers   on nomination fees for women and provide financial support especially to from women disadvantaged socio-economic conditions as part of the affirmative action.

Ms. Nderitu noted the need to develop well-structured forum for Women Aspirants through political parties. This shall mobilize and popularize the women candidates who do not make it through in the past elections through such support programs that need to extend to the grass roots.

She advised on the need to have a balanced media coverage on women leaders and aspirants for a level-playing field popularization with male counterparts. 

Dennitah Ghati, nominated by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) to represent People with Disabilities (PWDs) interests in the National Assembly urged fellow women to always remember their fellow women with disabilities for they have been sidelined.

“Political Parties have let down women with disabilities. Most of us fall at the primaries. It is important to have all political parties have representation of the  disabled as they as they are best suited to understand the challenges and interests of PWDs,” she urged.

She however, lauded the Uasin Gishu County for having good representation of the people with disabilities.

Capacity building was reiterated for the participants at both at National and grass root levels as well as uproot patriarchy from the women’s mindsets. Adoption and push for common and clear agenda was also singled out one of the workable way to achieve the aspiration of women.

 “It is important to set our own agenda as if we do not have an agenda, we will be given empty promises’, Roselyn Odede added with Martha Karua, the NARC Kenya party leader underscoring “We have invested and empowered our girls and women so as not to play second fiddle to anyone. As women, let us go for top positions”.