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Corporate Communication Unit.

Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; February 5, 2021

The ORPP convened a plenary Political Parties Liaison Committee (PPLC) meeting on Thursday 4th and 5th February, 2021 in Maanzoni Lodge, Machakos County. The objectives of the meeting were to: review PPLC activities within the electoral cycle; examine its action plan on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI); consider the recently proposed guidelines on the political parties virtual activities; provide input over the Political Parties Registration Regulations and   deliberate on the implication of Katiba Institute ruling on parties nomination process.

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The PPLC’s Steering Committee Ag Chairperson Evans Misati, makes his remarks during the meeting at Maanzoni Lodge, Machakos County.

The Registrar, Ann Nderitu during the official opening of the forum, called on political parties to ensure they have proper institutional structures that promote democracy and ensure transparency for the good of Kenyan people. While highlighting the recent violence incident experienced at a forum where two MPs engaged in fist fight, the Registrar cautioned that is fundamental for officials in political parties to desist  from raising political intolerance especially as we gear up towards the 2022 general elections.“All parties should ensure they purpose putting the needs of Kenyans into the fore in all realms of life for a cohesive and peaceful co-existence”, she guided.

Members of PPLC were formally introduced to the Assistant Registrars of Political Parties Mr. Ali Surraw and CPA Florence T Birya. In their remarks, the two emphasized on the need for parties to embrace and integrating appropriate technology in management and conducting of party activities. “I call on the political parties to adhere with relevant laws pertinent to running of political affairs. I will work with commitment, diligence and passion for our Office as we serve you as one of our key stakeholders”, CPA Florence remarked.

On his part, Ali Surraw observed that ORPP is looked upon by many stakeholders to shape the politics of the country. “It is only prudent that we work together as stakeholders with energy and commitment to shape that view. This will also enable us guide our people that we serve in view of continually growing democracy and facilitate their active participation”, noted Ali.       

Prof. Abdi Guliye, a Commissioner with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), cautioned on the need to conduct political activities in a peaceful manner to avoid a repeat of the 2007/08 post-election aftermath. He called on parties to have decent campaigns and respect one another.

The PPLC is a tripartite dialogue platform comprising of ORPP, IEBC and political parties. It is established under section 38 of the Political Parties Act, 2011 to be operational at national and county level.

Corporate Communication Unit.

Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; February11 , 2021

Secretary Generals (SGs) of various political parties converged for a two-day engagement forum on 10th and 11th February 2021 at the Crowne Plaza, Nairobi to receive guidance on varied compliance matters. The meeting was convened by Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) with support of International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).

During the meeting, attendees were taken through a host of requirements for compliance and apprised of their compliance status as spelt out in the Political Parties Act, 2011 and Political Parties (Registration) Regulations, 2019.  The forum also gave an opportunity for the political parties to raise and deliberate on challenges encountered in adhering with applicable codes.

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Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu (standing front, right) makes her remarks during the compliance meeting held on 10th and 11th February 2021, in Nairobi.

In her remarks, the Registrar noted that the forum was one of the ORPP’s strive to strengthen political parties. She reiterated the Office’s commitment in laying modalities for political parties to be well governed institutions able to serve the interests of Kenyans. “We encourage political parties to entrench good governance in all processes in order to foster democracy in Kenya”. Ms. Nderitu said. The Registrar also reproved of the indiscipline cases amongst political parties. “In the recent past, party members are increasingly becoming non-loyal to their parties, I want to make it clear that ORPP stands for loyalty to political parties to avoid confusion to Kenyans”, guided the Registrar.

The Office monitors compliance of political parties using compliance tools such as statutory forms and checklist that specifies various compliance areas as enshrined in the Act. These tools help political parties outline and submit within specified timelines compliance information to the ORPP.

Assistant Registrar in charge of Compliance, Regulation, Political Parties Fund and Capacity Building, Mr. Ali Surraw, while speaking during the session, commended the fully complaint political parties despite the hurdles experienced such as funding. “To be in good legal standing, those parties that are not compliant must demonstrate effort to remedy non-compliant issues as guided by ORPP from time to time “, Ali said.

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 Assistant Registrar of Political Parties Ali Surraw speaking during the compliance meeting

Political parties’ representatives present expressed their gratitude to ORPP and IDEA for organizing such a productive forum. They too applauded the ORPP’s continued effort in regulating parties such as on-going efforts to make public the party membership register through the E-citizen platform.  They proposed for consideration of continual embracing of technology in tandem with modern times “We may need new interventions to some of the challenges the parties are facing.  For instance, consideration of political parties to have virtual offices, especially in this digital era, where most of the services can be provided on online platforms”, posed  Omondi K’yoo of the National Liberal Party.

The meeting brought together more than 40 SGs from different fully registered political parties. Currently, there are 72 fully registered political parties with the latest entrant, National Reconstruction Alliance (NRA) attainment of full registration status in February, 2021.

Corporate Communication Unit.

Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; January 26, 2021.

 

Stakeholders have validated the ORPP’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan in a session held on 14th January, 2021 in Nairobi. The validation signifies goodwill the Office continues to receive from multiplicity of its stakeholders. It is a clear pointer of the keenness the ORPP places on its strategic direction, responsive to the stakeholder needs and current and future happenings that affect its mandate.

Stakeholders during the validation were drawn from a wide breadth of stakeholders. They included representatives from government agencies, development partners, civil society organizations among others.

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Stakeholders keenly  follow proceedings of the ORPP 2020-25 Strategic Plan during a validation forum held in Nairobi on 14th January, 2021

Assistant Registrar of Political Parties Ali Surraw, noted that the forum was one of the ORPP avenues for engaging with stakeholders. He assured that the Office will strive to implement the eight (8) Key Result Areas (KRAs) as steered by various strategies identified in the implementation matrix. “This Strategic Plan hinges our engagement model with all stakeholders and gives a clear sense of direction and purpose in 2020/25 period. We will continue the constructive conversations throughout the period to attain together the aspirations in the Plan”, Ali implored. He further appreciated ORPP staff for their efforts in developing the Strategic Plan with technical assistant of the consultant enlisted.

“We will follow through to the full implementation of this Plan in line with clear responsibilities assigned to the respective functional areas. The Plan is also a yardstick for our service delivery mechanisms as ORPP”, noted Assistant Registrar CPA Florence Birya. 

Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu appreciated stakeholders for the continued support as she assured the Office commitment to meet the stakeholder needs in line with ORPP strategic objectives in the Plan. “We have spent considerable time and thought in the making of this Strategic Plan to ensure that we deliver on our mandate. We remain steadfast and putting forth best effort to meet the needs of the stakeholders including the Kenyans we serve”, Registrar assured in her remarks during the forum. She added that the Plan also sets a quality bar higher for the ORPP to achieve the strategic issues identified. “While we will do our best as ORPP, we call for your continued support as stakeholders in attending to respective expectations isolated in the Plan for a collaborative attainment stipulations contained in this Plan”, she observed.

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Registrar (middle) and assistant Registrars (L&R) following through the presentations

The Strategic Plan has isolated eight (8) key result areas that are aligned to the  Office mandate. These are clustered in thematic areas which are: Institutional Capacity; Registration of political parties; Regulation of political parties; Data and records management; Financial Management and Reporting; Strategic partnerships and collaboration; Political parties participation in elections; and Strengthening Strategic Operations of ORPP (Internal Control Systems; Planning; Research; Information and Technology (ICT); and Supply Chain Management). Key to the Plan is also a review of the vision, mission and core values under the strategic model.

The 2020-25 Strategic Plan was developed following a thorough review of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan to ensure incorporation of the outcomes of situational analysis. This approach further informed alignment of the current Plan to National Development Agenda and the relevant Medium Term Plan. It also offers a premise for the Office to implement the Political Parties Act, 2011 and its larger endeavour to fulfil the aspirations of the Kenyan as envisaged in the provisions of Constitution of Kenya, 2010 relevant to the ORPP existence.

Corporate Communication Unit.

Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; January 26, 2021

 

Three provisionally registered political parties will be inspected to ascertain their readiness for full registration. The parties are Party for Peace and Democracy (PPD), Unified Change Party (UCP) and Democratic Action Party-Kenya (DAP-K). The exercise to be conducted by Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) is scheduled to take from 25th to 29th January, 2021.

Teams from the ORPP have been dispersed across the country to undertake verification in regions of; Coast, Upper Eastern, Lower Eastern, Rift Valley, South Nyanza, Western, Nakuru and Central. Some of the key parameters to inform the exercise will be to: ascertain the parties’ location and addresses of its head office and county offices; check proof of having recruited at least 24,000 registered voters as members in more than half the counties, assess evidence of various governance and administrative policies among a host of other requirements spelt out in section 7 of the Political Parties Act (PPA), 2011.

“We remain vigilant in ensuring that political parties adhere to the full registration requirements before full registration as obligated by PPA. That is not all, those that qualify must abide with all compliance obligations as corporate entities including demonstrating inclusive policies and entrenching good governance practices”, said Ann Nderitu, Registrar of Political Parties before commencement of the exercise.

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Officials of Unified Change Party (UCP) submit their application to the Assistant Registrar CPA Florence T Birya,(L) for consideration for full registration.

Prior to application for full registration, a party must have been provisionally registered. The conditions for provisional registration which are submitted and scrutinized by the Registrar include: payment of Kshs 100,000; approval for name and party symbol; submitted signed minutes of founding members; party constitution and signing an undertaking to be bound by the Political Parties’ Code of Conduct.

The three political parties that have qualified for the inspection phase having been provisionally registered and presented to the Registrar their applications for full registration on 17th November 2020, 16th December, 2020 and 11th January, 2021 respectively.

The outcome of this exercise will determine whether these parties will proceed to the process of full registration. A party is issued with a certificate of full registration within thirty days (30) upon meeting the conditions of full registration.

Corporate Communication Unit.

Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; December 21, 2020.

Today, in Nairobi, Registrar Ann Nderitu witnessed the launch of the draft “Protocols for Conducting Political Activities in the Covid-19 Context” developed by Centre for Multi-Party Democracy (CMD)- Kenya.

The Registrar underscored the political parties’ responsibility in upholding the Political Parties’ Code of Conduct in all their undertakings as spelt out under first Schedule of Political Parties Act, 2011. Ann Nderitu called on parties to leverage on appropriate technologies in their activities in the wake of Covid-19. She further noted that the ORPP will continue supporting progressive initiatives such the Protocol being launched.

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Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu, making her remarks during the launch


The draft protocol is a guideline to political parties in managing their offices and giving service to their members while observing the Ministry of Health (MoH’s) Coronavirus stipulations. It highlights delineated roles of political parties’ leaders, audience and measures that each should take and adhere to in order to mitigate the contraction or spread of the virus. “It is important that political parties lead by example in the fight against the pandemic by relaying verified information and ensuring measures and guidelines that have been put in place by MoH are observed”, said the CMD Chair Sen. Abshiro Halake during the launch, while addressing the media during the launch. The protocol will be subjected to stakeholder deliberations and necessary approvals before roll-out.

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