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Majority of fully registered political parties have functional headquarter offices. A compliance status report on inspection of headquarters offices conducted for 65 parties by Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) between 21st and 24th June, 2021 has revealed. Inspection teams were unable to locate headquarters offices for 8 political parties.

In the report presented to Secretary Generals of political parties on 28th July, 2021, parties managed an aggregate score of 58 % on “very good and good” category, while 40% were at “fair” rating.  This translates into about 98% above average rating, signifying considerable effort made by the parties in maintaining functional head offices.

Teams in the exercise were lauded by party officials present for their professionalism during the inspection exercise, a key milestone for the Office. “This report challenges the long-held narrative about dysfunctional parties. Progress has been made since 2016, the last time ORPP conducted such an exercise. It is now time to focus to remedy areas of improvement identified not just for compliance but for the progress of Kenyan politics”, noted Director of Compliance while presenting the report.

Proposal was given to recognise by way of certificate of recognition or award the best performing parties to motivate others that may lag behind. “Shouldn’t there be an award or a trophy for the sterling performing parties”? posed one of the Secretary Generals. The proposal was noted by ORPP for possible roll out in due time. Some further called for review of parameters for inspection to details required areas.

The party officials present were pleased with outcome of the inspection and committed to carry on and improve on gaps identified. “Kenyans are looking upon us to give them a platform to exercise their democratic rights of elections. Therefore, every effort and structure must be in place to realise this expectation of Kenyans”, urged Evans Misati, the Chairman of Political Parties Liaison Committee (PPLC).

Proposal was given to recognise by way of certificate of recognition or award the best performing parties to motivate others that may lag behind. “Shouldn’t there be an award or a trophy for the sterling performing parties”? posed one of the Secretary Generals. The proposal was noted by ORPP for possible roll out in due time. Some further called for review of parameters for inspection to details required areas.

The party officials present were pleased with outcome of the inspection and committed to carry on and improve on gaps identified. “Kenyans are looking upon us to give them a platform to exercise their democratic rights of elections. Therefore, every effort and structure must be in place to realise this expectation of Kenyans”, urged Evans Misati, the Chairman of Political Parties Liaison Committee (PPLC).