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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Tanzanian EMB visit IEBC

Tanzanian-EMB-visit-IEBCIEBC Vice Chairperson Lilian Mahiri-Zaja shares a moment with Tanzania National Electoral Commission and UNDP officials.

The Tanzania National Electoral Commission (NEC) is visiting IEBC to share experiences on conducting of six-elections a day, use of technology in election management and voter education, among others.

Tanzania will have general elections in a year’s time from now. IEBC recently hosted the electoral body of Zanzibar. The discussions have centered on biometric voter registration (BVR), voter identification on polling day, election results and information management, voter education and stakeholder engagement.

Inclusive Political Representation Key to Democratic Growth

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MERU: Wednesday, November 05, 2014
An all-inclusive and gender-sensitive political representation has been identified as a key contributor to harmony and democratic growth in the country.

A group of IEBC officials, comprising mainly of field staff, is currently undertaking an audit on gender and disability inclusion in the electoral process.

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Matumbei MCA By-Election Set for December 29

by-election-MatumbeiA voter casts his ballot in a recent County Assembly Ward by-election.

NAIROBI: Monday, November 03, 2014
A by-election for the Matumbei Ward Member of County Assembly (MCA) will be held on Monday, 29th December, 2014.

Aspirants intending to run as independent candidates are required to submit their symbols to IEBC and seek clearance from the Registrar of Political Parties by 10th November, 2014. Political party primaries are expected to be completed by 14th November, 2014.

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IEBC signs MOU with IFES

IFES-Washington-DC-MOUIEBC’s Chairman Ahmed Isaack Hassan and IFES President and CEO, William Sweeney Jnr, sing an agreement at the Marriott hotel in Georgetown, Washington DC. The function is witnessed by commissioners Mohamend Alawi and Thomas Letangule and Director, Voter Registration and Electoral Operation Ms Immaculate Kassait. Also at the ceremony is Julius Bargorett, the Minister Counselor at the Kenya Embassy, USA.

Washington DC: Monday, November 3, 2014
IEBC and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) yesterday signed a M.O.U. to enhance and formalize the professional relationship between the two institutions in Washington D.C. The IFES President, William Sweeney Jnr, and IEBC Chairman Ahmed Isaack Hassan signed the agreement on behalf of their respective institutions. The M.O.U provides for the support of IEBC’s electoral programs in four key areas, namely:

  • The development of interventions (strategies and pilot programs) for low voter turnout particularly among women and youth
  • Development and implementation of civic and voter education program targeting youth women and persons with disabilities and a voter education curriculum for primary and secondary level
  • Work with IEBC and other Government Agencies to establish a protocol for sharing national citizen registration and voter registration data between IEBC and the agencies to capture necessary voter registration information
  • Support IEBC to develop and implement a strategy for sustainable, reliable and credible use of election technology, in particular, the biometric voter registration kits

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