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The political parties have appreciated the Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) for its commitment to regularly convene parties to discuss issues of national significance.

This was evident in deliberations of the Political Parties Liaison Committees (PPLC) sub-committees and plenary meeting held on the 3rd and 4th September, 2020 at Maanzoni, Machakos. The parties noted that ORPP has proven consistent and committed to ensuring that political parties are focussed through various engagement fora envisaged in the tenets of the PPLC’s trio understanding as spelt out under section 38 of the Political Parties Act (PPA) of 2011.

While giving his plenary brief for the last financial year 2019/2020 milestones, the PPLC Chairman Irungu Nyakera noted “the note worthy achievements I’m highlighting for the year under review such as presentation of our position Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), involvement in party primaries draft Bill and Policy, proposals to the amendment of the PPA and a host of stakeholder engagement on varied front were possible due to appreciable support of ORPP under the Registrar leadership”.

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A section of ORPP staff (front left) keenly take note of plenary proceedings during the plenary session

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Members in their sub-committees and plenary discussions however, noted there are areas that remain fully untapped. Some of these included: lack of PPLC presence and full involvement in key electoral processes. “We must make every effort to ensure that the relevant organs of PPLC are on the discussion table on matters electoral processes an indeed all matters of national interest”, opined Julius Wambua, the PPLC’s National Organising Secretary. His counterpart, John Wamagata calling on Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) also present, to slot in relevant members to various observer missions. “We are aware of a number of countries in Africa and beyond that are or about to conduct their general elections, it is therefore important that some PPLC members are accredited by IEBC to be part of the observer missions in those countries”, the Chairperson of the Civic, Political Education and Publicity sub-committee.

Members further called for enhanced synergy and inter- engagements sub-committee in order to tap into the expertise and experience required to deliver respective roles. “We need to regularly assess the sub-committees members’ expertise and experience and where necessary a sub-committee should be allowed to co-opt member(s) from the other for the needed interrogation and laying appropriate interventions on matters under scrutiny”, observed Jimmy Kuria, the Chairperson of the Electoral Processes sub-committee.

The Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu welcomed new members into the PPLC fold, urging the rest for tolerance on new progressive ideas that they may bring on board. She called on the respective leadership organs of PPLC plenary and sub-committee to segregate priority issues earmarked for the current financial year, 2020/21 for a structured implementation. “We take note of your priority programmes as submitted through the various sub-committees. “As ORPP we will continue supporting you but it behoves us to continuously take stock of the activities against the set projections to keep track of their implementation”, counselled the Registrar.

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The Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu makes her remarks during the meeting. Also present was Prof. Guliye Guyo (front left), a Commissioner with the IEBC who highlighted key governance, policy and administrative measures the Commission was putting in preparation for the forthcoming general elections

In the meeting various sub-committees presented their considered challenges of the previous year and recommendations thereof as well as priority areas as underpinned in their respective work plans.

A section of ORPP staff members were on hand to guide the discussions in their assigned plenary and sub-committees.