Commission hosts South Sudans delegation to learn on women participation in polls
 24th Apr 2024

The Commission today hosted delegates from South Sudan’s Ministry of Gender Equality, Child and Social Welfare, who are visiting the country to benchmark on Women Participation in Elections.

Ruth Kulundu, the Deputy Commission Secretary (DCS) - Operations, who led the IEBC team on behalf of the Commission Secretary/CEO, lauded the South Sudan delegation for their decision to pick on Kenya to benchmark on.

“The Commission feels honoured by your visit and we do not take it for granted that you chose Kenya to come and benchmark on. This shows that you hold in high esteem our electoral processes. Indeed, Kenya has made milestones in enhancing women participation in elections and I believe South Sudan will learn from us. The Commission will also benefit from your experience on how best you intend to engage women in elections,” said Kulundu.

The South Sudan team was led by Hon. Aya Benjamin Warille, the Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare who said their team was in the country to learn more on women inclusion in Kenya’s electoral processes ahead of South Sudan General Election scheduled for December 2024.

Joyce Ekuam, the IEBC Manager Partnerships, took the delegation through the role of IEBC in advancing women political leadership and participation.

The Commission has made significant strides towards promoting political participation not only as voters but also as candidates through the development of a gender and social inclusion policy to provide strategic direction on inclusion in electoral process, implementation of the gender and social inclusion policy, nomination fees for women remain half the amount paid by other categories and rejection of nomination lists that are not compliant with two-third gender rule.