IEBC Launches Electoral Disputes Resolution Case Digest

Web-Photo---Case-DigestIEBC Commissioners Amb. Yusuf Nzibo (left) and Thomas Letangule (right) with Mr. Anders Ronquist of the Swedish Embassy during the launch of the Case Digest.

NAIROBI: Thursday, November 27, 2014
A Case Digest that compiles decisions made by the IEBC Disputes Resolution Committee in relation to the 2013 General Elections and subsequent by-elections has been launched in Nairobi.

The book was published with the support of the Electoral Institute for Electoral Democracy in Africa (EISA) and the Embassy of Sweden. It documents cases on disputes arising from political party primaries and party lists nominations.

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Don’t Sensationalize Corruption Allegations

Nairobi: Thursday, November 20, 2014

IEBC’s Chairman, Mr. Hassan, has cautioned against the politicizing and sensationalizing of the corruption allegations against the institution saying the matter is in a UK court and is yet to be heard and determined.

Mr. Hassan says the Commission has no reason to doubt that the 2010 Referendum and 2013 general elections and all by-elections were conducted above board. “It would be fair and prudent for people to wait for the outcome of the court prosecutions instead of disparaging Commission's reputation through whipping public contempt and ridicule” added Mr. Hassan.

Policy on Special Groups Participation in Elections

Mombasa, 15th November, 2014

IEBC, in collaboration with organizations dealing with Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), is developing policy on gender and PWD participation in elections.  A workshop in Mombasa noted that the political environment is not friendly to women and PWDs and the law should made considerate.

IEBC’s Commissioner Nzibo said “due to lack of proper policies and laws on inclusion of PWDs, some people have devised ways of cheating the system especially through the party lists”. The meeting was told that the gender and affirmative issues were not gender fights as most  perceived but  a measure for  correcting inequalities in the system.The workshop in Mombasa is the last of four clusters that is collecting views which informs the baseline for drafting laws and policies on inclusion of various marginalized groups in the electoral process.

The workshop brings together IEBC Commissioners, Directors, Managers, Regional Elections Coordinators (CECs) and Constituency Elections Coordinators (CECs).  The meeting was also addressed by IEBC’s Vice-Chair, Lilian Mahiri-Zaja and Commissioners Muthoni Wangai and Mohamed Alawi.

 

South Sudan consults IEBC ahead of 2015 Polls

sudan 200x133IEBC Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan,Vice Chair and Commissioners address the team from  the South Sudan Electoral Commission at the IEBC  boardroom

Nairobi: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The National Electoral Commission of South Sudan is visiting IEBC to enhance their skills as they prepare for general elections next year. Two top-ranking officials, Hon. Prof, Abednego Akok Kacuol (Chairman) and Hon. Lawrence Sulubia Amin (Commissioner), say they are keen to learn from IEBC because Kenya has successfully conducted a huge election. South Sudan must hold elections before 9th July, 2015, the date on which the first post-independence presidential term ends .

 IEBC’s Chairman, Mr. Isaack Hassan, called on the South Sudan delegation to strive for free, fair and credible elections despite the challenges facing them. The IEBC noted with concern that time for preparing and holding the elections was running out and the political environment is still unsettled.

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Bid to Realize Two-third Gender Principle in Parliament

Kisumu-PhototrainingA Gender Audit and Electoral Inclusion Workshop in session in Kisumu on 10th November, 2014

KISUMU: Monday, November 10, 2014
Election stakeholders have proposed a number of legal reforms in a bid to achieve the two-third gender rule in Parliament.

One of the recommendations is to review electoral laws to allow for a ‘gender top-up’ should the number of either gender elected in parliament fail to reach at least one third of the total, as is the case with County Assemblies. The Elections Act and the Political Parties Act can also be amended to compel political parties to ensure the one-third gender threshold is met at the nominations stage.

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