Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) is a state office established under Article 260 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, and the Political Parties Act, 2011. The mandate of the office is to register, and regulate political parties and administer the Political Parties Fund (PPF).
The Act is the primary legal reference for management of political parties in accordance with Articles 91 and 92 of the Constitution, which envisages well governed political parties that respect internal democracy and their constitutional status in the Kenyan political system.
The ORPP is headed by the Registrar of Political Parties, deputized by three (3) Assistant Registrars. There are three (3) directorates namely; Registration and Field Services Coordination; Regulation and Compliance and Political Parties Fund, Partnerships & Strategy.
The journey of Office the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) to its being a body corporate is an eventful one, spanning for over five decades. It is a history dating back in the pre-independence .It is characterised with policy shift, institutional reports and legal regime developments, definitive of today’s structured framework for managing political parties.The key highlights of the times and turns of our history are encapsulated inter alia under the following: