Zanzibar Electoral Commission Learns from Kenya

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Less than a year to their next General Election the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) has met the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to learn on some electoral management tips ahead of their October 2015 polls.

The Zanzibar electoral Commission is interested in the use of technology in election, media relations, voter education, voter registration and boundary delimitation issues.

The ZEC is much smaller and with a current voter register of about 400,00 but hopes to go higher to 600,000 before the next poll. 

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IEBC Observes Botwsana Elections

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IEBC had an observer in the just concluded Botswana parliamentary and local government elections under the auspices of the African Union Elections Observer Mission (AUEOM). The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) won the general elections by securing at least 33 of the 57 parliamentary seats contested. The opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) got 14 seats. A party needs 29 seats to take power. Botswana also provides for Diaspora voting but only in National Assembly elections.

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IEBC Developing Gender, Disability Inclusion Policy

machakos-event-1Joseph Njenga Saitoti (left), an official of the United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK) addresses a gender and disability inclusion workshop in Maanzoni, Machakos County on 23rd October, 2014.

MACHAKOS: Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is formulating​ a policy on public participation, gender and disability inclusion in the electoral process.

The Commission is developing a programme and putting in place measures geared towards enhancing effective participation of youth, persons with disabilities, marginalized groups and other vulnerable persons in political processes.

A three-day workshop is currently ongoing at Maanzoni, Machakos County to conduct a gender and disability audit in the electoral process as well as collect views that will inform the inclusion policy.

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IEBC, Media Editors Hold Talks on Elections Reporting

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NAIROBI: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has given an undertaking to proactively engage the media in order to strengthen the electoral process in Kenya.

Speaking in Nairobi at a breakfast meeting with media editors, IEBC Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan said the Commission will include recommendations from the media in the post-election evaluation report that will inform the conduct of future elections. “We are candidly looking at the roles played by the various stakeholders, including the media, applaud and build on what was done well, highlight and review what did not go well and aim to better subsequent activities from the lessons learnt,” he said.

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IEBC Hold Consultative Meeting with CIC

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The Independent Electoral and boundaries Commission held a meeting with the Commission of the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) to discuss the legal and administrative framework for a referendum process, among other issues. The consultations focused on the collection of signatures for different scenarios and the timelines.

Other emerging issues were the modalities of holding different referendum questions on a single day and the link between amendment of the constitution and suspension of the fundamental principles of the constitution. The IEBC Chairman said "We have already started working to improve the electoral legal framework. We have drawn lessons from the General Elections [March 4th, 2013] to improve the management of elections in Kenya".

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