Inclusive Political Representation Key to Democratic Growth


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.


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.


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


Zanzibar Electoral Commission Learns from Kenya

zanzibar 200x133IEBC  Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan receives a gift from the Zanzibar Electoral Commission delegationNairobi: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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. 


IEBC Observes Botwsana Elections


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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