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

 

The Executive Director, Mr Felix Owuor of the Electoral Law & Governance Institute for Africa (ELGIA), paid a courtesy visit to the Registrar Ann Nderitu on 7th August to deliberate on potential partnerships in areas of mutual interest between the two institutions.

The discussion sought to build on the ELGIA’s continued support of ORPP activities. As a preliminary outcome of the deliberations, the Institute vouched partner with ORPP in two areas- capacity building for

political parties’ officials and the Office’s effort towards developing a tool for party primaries. The two agreed areas of focus were seen as key in enhancing existing framework for compliance.

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From L-R, Mr. Boniface Olwal, Mr. Felix Owuor, and Ms Ann Nderitu, during the discussions at the Registrar's office.

The meeting was part of the Office’s streak of strategies for intentional stakeholder partnership and collaborations as espoused in the one key result areas under the current 2019-2022 strategic plan.

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

The Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) played host to Burkinabé delegation on a study visit in the country on the 7th August 2019. The delegation comprising of top leadership of sixteen (16) parliamentary political parties sought to gain the insights on a wide array of the country’s political landscape in areas of multiparty democracy and inclusion of the special interest groups.

The team were taken through the Kenyan electoral processes, Specific issues of focus during the meeting centred on the history and establishment of ORPP;; legal regime, regulatory and policy frameworks;; the funding criteria and allocation of the political parties Fund;; current status of political parties in the country as well as various processes and procedures that underpin operations of ORPP in regulatory mandate.

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While receiving the team , the Registrar Ann Nderitu highlighted the milestones the Office had made particularly in the plaid journey of establishing political parties, which at the time stood at 68 (fully registered parties) and 9 (provisionally registered) as corporate entities, being crucial platforms for the Kenyan people in exercise their political rights. “As an independent State

Office, we have further made gains especially in advocating through legal and policy intervention participation and inclusion in political affairs for interest groups as guaranteed in our Constitution”, briefed the Registrar. Also on hand to receive the delegation were ORPP’s Dinah Liech, Joshua Kimulu, Joseph Kanja, Joel Terer, Alice Gichaga, Bonface Olwal and Lucy Kemunto.

The session also acted as a platform to cross-ˇshare experiences between the two countries on political matters towards broadening democracy in Africa. Apart from ORPP, the visiting team’s also visited other organizations such as a select political parties and The National Assembly. The visit was courtesy of Centre for Multi-ˇParty Democracy (CMD-ˇKenya)

Corporate Affairs
Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; July,31,2019.


An advocacy group, Community Advocacy and Awareness (CRAWN) Trust has called on women to re-energize the agitation for full implementation of the two-third gender principle as it is currently fashioned in the Constitution of Kenya. The many years of the past struggle characterized, by polarity among key players involved in different stages was cited key reason not to relent. This formed part of the deliberations of the Trust’s organized National Consultative Forum among different players in the electoral process held on the 31 st July 2019 in Nairobi.

The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) being a key player, made its position known on the matter. A raft of legislative and alternative measures that the Office had progressively realized was outlined. Speaking a key panelist during the forum, the Registrar Ms. Ann Nderitu called for a continued concerted effort from all parties including the electorates to realize the thorny rule. “Cognizant of the socio-cultural dynamics of this principle, it is time for all players in the electoral space to explore other alternativesto complement the legislation efforts made. For instance, we need support mechanisms including financial, for women who had courage venture into murky field of politics but were unsuccessfully in elective positions, map out and bring them back on board”, the Registrar advised. She further noted the ORPP’s strive in ensuring there are women in the National Executive Councils of political parties as one of its deliberate effort to marshal up the required women numbers. Further, urging on women to play their part in building their own capacity to competitively qualify for the positions, citing soft attributes such as negotiating skills a critical one.

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Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu (left) makes her submission as a lead panelist during the meeting at the
Crowne Plaza, Nairobi. Other panel members were: Ms. Daisy Amdany (middle), Executive Director CRAWN Trust and
Ms. Emmaculate Kassait, Director Voter Education, Partnerships and Communication at IEBC

 

Participants were of the consenting view for women to support one another and consolidate working strategies, formulate grassroots advocacy campaigns with a view of arriving at a common ground to push the agenda forward. The debate of whether or not the gender rule be a question for plebiscite amendment also played out in the animated discussions, with most proposing stay of the status quo. “Our mark in this space is to make sure there is a political cost whenever we are sidelined, since at the ‘political table’ is where far and binding decisions for the entire country are made. Special interest groups should be represented on this table”, passionately implored Ms. Daisy Amdany, the CRAWN Executive Director. A call, corroborated by her colleague Stella Agara, noting of the need for a women friendly pieces of legislation, sensitive to issues of
women, key to delivering the representation agenda. Ms. Brenda Isabel of the Electoral Law and Governance Institute for Africa (ELGIA), a continental agency supporting the forum, further noting for the need for a strategic civic education to create awareness on the subject.

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Participants follow proceedings during the National Consultative Forum

A joint position paper to be presented to the Building the Bridges Initiative (BBI) was developed as part of the outcome of the day’s deliberations. Participating institutions included Independent Electoral and boundaries Commission (IEBC), National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEK), Federation of Wowen Lawyers (FIDA), Katiba Institute and various women support outfits from various parts of the country.

Corporate Affairs
Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; July,31,2019.

The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) appeared before the National Assembly’s select Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee on 23 rd July 2019 to present its position on the proposed amendments to the Political Parties Act (PPA), 2011.

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A section on during the presentation by the ORPP to National Assembly Constitutional Implementation

Oversight Committee at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi.

The proposals were geared towards enriching the Representation of Special Interest Group Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 before the Jeremiah Kioni’s chaired House Committee. Key proposals were on specific provisions regarding the qualification and criteria for distribution of the Political Fund under section 25 of the PPA. Unlike the previously, clarity has been given in the amendment to the effect that the “Fund should exclusively be shared and allocated to the political parties and not the coalition of parties”. In respect to the criteria for distribution, a deletion of 25 (a) (ii) with a new of sub-section has been reccomedned to read “ 50% of the Fund proportionately shared between political parties that meet the threshold set out under section 25 (2) (c) of the Bill…” the proposal reads in part. A re-introduction of a PPA 2007, provision in allocation to special interest group has been sought. Such will provide for “as provided for under the 2007 Act, the 20% should be shared/distributed proportionately among the political parties that participated in the preceding elections in reference to total number of votes secured at the last general election by each of the party’s presidential, governor, parliamentary and county assembly candidates. Clarity has also been proposed to define the allocated funds to Political Parties Liaison Committee (PPLC) pursuant to section 25 (1) (e) of the Bill by replacing the word “administration” with “dialogue operations”.

The proposals are part of the legal reforms that the ORPP is working on with other key stakeholders ahead of the general elections.

The Office was represented in the sitting by Registrar Ann Nderitu, Juliet Murimi (Compliance), Bon Makolwal (Legal), Joseph Kanja (Planning) and Joshua Kimulu (Finance).

By John Arthur Mwaura
Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; July,10,2019.

 

The ORPP Nakuru regional office participated in this year’s annual national Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) show held at the ASK show grounds from 3 rd to 7 th July 2019.

The officers who participated showcased the ORPP services and had an opportunity to engage on-on-one with stakeholders and general members of the public on wide array of matters pertaining its mandate.

Checking of political party membership status by members of the public continued to elicit excitement and attraction with members flocking in their numbers the ORPP to know their membership status. Queries raised such claims of fraudulent registration of some members were addressed on the spot by the able team with unresolved advise to place resignation requests as per laid down procedure. The participation is part the region’s office continuous effort of engaging and establishing strategic partnerships with varied stakeholders. 

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Pupils flock the ORPP exhibition stand at the Nakuru show. 

 

The ORPP participation in various international, national and regional trade fairs and shows provides an excellent opportunity to engage, interact as well as establish and maintain mutual contacts with relevant stakeholders. Insightful feedback received in such engagements has been integral in informing decisions for enhanced service delivery. It is significant for awareness creation to imprint ORPP, not only in urban settings but also at the grassroots.

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From L-R Bryan Alphayo, Mathew Siror and John Mwaura who represented the Office at the annual

Nakuru ASK show