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By Mutethia Mberia
Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; May,27,2019.

 

The Party of National Unity (PNU) long-standing governance squabbles pitying two factions claiming leadership had the ORPP to thank following the party’s mediated election that was successfully concluded on Friday 24th May 2019 at the Karasani, gymnasium Nairobi.

The party was split into two factions who had been claiming ownership of the party. They had sought the settlement of the wrangles throughvarious court cases since 2016. In total they had been in court nine times. The last court case befor PPDT, gave the registrar the responsibility to mediate and oversee the elections.

In the implementation of the court ruling, the ORPP spearheaded the mediation through an independent select Election Board which eventually oversaw the carrying out of the elections.

It took hours of high level consensus meeting comprising of Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Peter Munya, present to play an advisory role and had previously served as Party leader, the Registrar of Political Ann Nderitu , the Elections Board among others to deliver the final list of the agreed leaders. 

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Delivering the verdict to sizeable delegates drawn from regions across the country, and who earlier in the day, had to endure more than 5 hours wait outside the gates, the Chairperson Seina Lekisaat read the names of agreed list for all the positions which were unanimously ratified by the registered party members acting as delegates.

Speaking at the venue, the Registrar expressed her gladness that the tumultuous process concluded successfully. She noted such a resolve was worthwhile for the greater good of promoting democracy.  Sentiments corroborated by the elections Board Chairperson appreciating the ORPP's unrelenting guidance.

On his part, CS Munya implored on the incoming leaders to hit the ground running to popularize the party which had greatly served the brunt of the leadership problems.  “For the respect of PNU founders like Hon. Mwai Kibaki, whom I have a lot of respect, we must endeavour to rebuild the party as per its constitution and avoid unnecessary conflict,” the CS guided.

A section of ORPP staff were deployed to monitor the happenings of the day.

Delegates acknowledge the announcement of the unveiled new leadership.

Picture Courtesy; Daily Nation

NO

Name

Title

Political Party

1.       

Irungu Nyakera

Chairperson

Democratic Party

2.       

Evans Misati

Vice Chairperson

Progressive Party Of Kenya

3.       

Margaret Kamonya

Secretary

Amani National Congress

4.       

Alice Ndirangu

Deputy Secretary

Agano Party

5.       

Julius Wambua

Org.Secretary

Party of Independent Candidates of Kenya

6.       

Koyoo Omondi

Deputy Org.Secretary

National Liberal Party

7.       

Nicodemus Bore

Treasurer

Jubilee Party

8.       

Gerson Owiti

Deputy Treasurer

Alternative Leadership Party of Kenya

By Nandwa Hope
Nairobi Kenya, Monday March 18, 2019

A Taskforce on Review of Political Party Primaries will hold public engagements on the 20th March 2019 with members of the public to collect views and information relevant to reform  Political Party Primaries in Kenya. The forums will take place in Mombasa, Nakuru, Isiolo, Nyeri, Kisumu and Kitui counties.


Registrar of Political Parties, Ms. Ann Nderitu confirmed the taskforce has membership from National Assembly, Senate, Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice, Kenya Law Reform Commission, Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, National Gender and Equality Commission, Political Parties Dispute Tribunal and Office of the Registrar of Political Parties.


She added that the objectives of the forum are to obtain the experiences of Kenyans at the grass root level from their involvement in Party Primaries.


“The Taskforce will identify issues for reform of the primaries process and receive input into the draft policy framework on the conduct of Party Primaries with recommendations and possible areas for legal reforms” she added.

 

The PPA 2011 provides for the Code of Conduct of Political parties which affirms the need for them to uphold and promote democratic practices through free, fair and credible nominations. Code of Conduct regulates the behavior of members and office holders of political parties, aspiring candidates, candidates and their supporters with a view of promoting good governance.

By Nandwa Hope

Nairobi Kenya, Monday March 15, 2019

 

Political Parties Liaison Committee (PPLC) will be holding Elections of it’s Steering and Sub Committees tomorrow the 16th April 2019.This follows submissions of names and Nominations of the aspirants which took place last week.

Section 38 of the Political Parties Act (PPA) 2011 established the PPLC Committee at National and County levels to provide a platform for dialogue between the Registrar, Commission and Political Parties.

It is expected that active members in the (66) sixty-six Fully Registered Political Parties whose names were submitted to the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties will participate.

The elections being held are for position of Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, Organizing Secretary, Deputy Organizing Secretary and (8) eight other members and Subcommittees.

The hotly contested seats have the following candidates vying:

No

Seat

No of Candidates

1.       

Chairman

3

2.       

Deputy Chairperson

5

3.       

Secretary

3

4.       

Deputy Secretary

2

5.       

Treasurer

2

6.       

Deputy Treasurer

4

7.       

Organizing Secretary

3

8.       

Deputy Organizing Secretary

4

The (8) other members will include People living with disability, youth and women.

By Nandwa Hope

Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; March, 6, 2019.

Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) will be participating in the People’s Dialogue Festival slated from the 7th-9th March 2019 at the National Museum. The workshop dubbed PDF  is an initiative between the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) and Political Parties.The three day workshop is meant to provide opportunity for actors to broaden platforms for dialogue between voting citizens, political and opinion leaders, unpack and reflect on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and build consensus around fundamental reforms in Kenya.

In addition, focus will also be to strengthen linkages between leaders and the led to collectively foster Kenya's democratic culture as well as bring together youthful engagement in various levels. The Dialogue will comprise key actors from political and civic actors, religious leaders, trade unions, professional bodies, media, academia, students, youth organizations, women movement, CMD-Kenya partners, diplomatic community, private sector, and ordinary citizens.


At the end, the workshop is aimed at promoting public participation in national development, social cohesion, and enabling prosperity: appreciation for national dialogue processes. Increased awareness of the importance to balance the use of political competition and cooperation for sustainable democratic development and for providing meaningful choices to citizens defined roadmap among political leaders on key reforms for stabilizing Kenya's political landscape.


The workshop brings together stakeholders from: Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD),Danish Liberal Democracy Programme (DLSP),Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya (FIDA) ,Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) ,Siasa Place (SP),Kenya Young Parliamentarian Association (KYPA),Youth Agenda,Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, National Youth Council, Kenya National Debate Council, Bunge La Mwananchi,Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) and National Assembly representatives.

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