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The Office of the Registrar on invitation of the Media Council of Kenya (MCK), joined in sensitization fora for local based journalists in Siaya and Kisii Siaya counties held on 14th May and 19th May,2022 respectively. Participants that included media practitioners in the region, deliberated on a raft of obligations for responsible journalism ahead of the August 2022 general election.

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Some of areas presented for the Office related to; mandate and functions; role of ORPP and political parties at different stages in electoral cycle; provisions as contained in the amendments to the Political Parties Act, 2011 among other topical matters.

A journalist is obliged to conduct proper research on issues and consult relevant electoral players before reporting especially at this critical time where a mere statement may elicit chaos among the electorates” noted Lucy Kemunto, who represented the Office in the forums.

 Lucy Kemunto, ORPP Kisumu County Coordinator making a presentation during theMCK Journalists training forum in Siaya

Journalists and media practitioners were also guided on other topics pertaining to; ethical reporting; hate speech and conflict sensitive reporting during elections; debunking misinformation; covering of electoral opinion polls and journalists role and skill in moderating live broadcasts.

Institutions that complemented MCK and its accredited trainers in the sensitizations were; Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC).


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A section of participants listen in during the  Hotel in Siaya County.           Participants in a group photo after the forum at

                                                                                                                    Candela journalist training forum at Ufanisi Holtel in Kisii County

The 9th edition of the Africities Summit was held in Kisumu on 17th to the 21st May 2022 at the Mamboleo Show Grounds at which Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) was participated as represented Ms. Lucy Kemunto, the Kisumu County Coordinator. Kenya was at its best in the summit, earning accolades in some of globally-acknowledged milestones such as devolution model, youth in leadership and technology. The summit aimed at strengthening the role of local and regional governments in the development of the continent and to help build the integration and unity of Africa from its territories.

Running under theme, “The Role of Intermediary Cities of Africa in the Implementation of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063.”, delegates interrogated varied topics of interest. Some of the topics for discussion included industrialization in African intermediary cities; role of pension funds in advancing infrastructure development in Africa; The devolution journey as per Kenyan experience; Young leadership and inclusive safe sustainable intermediary cities among others.

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A panel discussion session underway during the summit

These discussions were premised upon Sustainable development goal no. 11 – sustainable cities and communities, which seeks to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable and the need to address challenges that hamper the realization of UN’s 2063 Agenda.

H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened the forum. In his remarks, he called on the delegates and leaders to unanimously push to develop an African blueprint to guide growth in urban cities.

The Africities summit was termed some of the demonstrable means that continued to place Kenya on the world map as a country with a lot of investment opportunities. “ The fruitful deliberations that have been are important to discuss strategies that will go a long way in revitalizing sustainable growth of intermediary cities. You can all attest that Kisumu and other cities and towns have the best investment opportunities in this part of Africa,” noted Kisumu County Governor, Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o.

Africities is the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) of Africa’s flagship pan-African event that is held every three years in one of the five regions of Africa. It is a platform for dialogue on decentralization and local governance that brings together every three years, African ministers; mayors, leaders and elected officials of local and regional governments; civil society organizations; traditional Authorities; representatives of the African Diaspora; economic actors; experts, researchers and academics; financial institutions; and development partners.

This year’s hosted in the country, attended by high profile delegates and African leaders including President Uhuru Kenyatta, Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique, Danny Faure, former President of Seychelles and various Royal Majesties representing the traditional authorities of Africa.

Article originated by Lucy Kemunto

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Aspirants on social media stand to benefit from 'enhance electoral integrity' programme, an initiative of Meta (formerly Facebook) that seeks to build capacity of

key players in electoral process, safeguard online safety and provide reporting mechanisms for any violation in the use of WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Messenger. This came to the fore during a consultative discussion between ORPP and Meta team today at ORPPKenya headquarters. Once the collaboration is firmed up, target groups comprising of staff and political parties’ representatives will be sensitized on personal and corporate use of social media under Meta brand with focus of identified areas of need. "We hope this initiative will help counter propaganda and reach out to many youths with appropriate messaging that will enhance their desirable participation in politics" ,Registrar pointed out during the deliberations. "Any violation of the prescribed code can be flagged out by both individual and corporate users and such can be reported for prompt action", said Meta's Head of Public Policy. Social media users were urged to shun from dissemination or propagating harmful information that negates the critical and modern-day positive contribution of new media.

The Office dispersed its teams across the country to join the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for a joint registration of candidates of various elective positions from 29th  May to 3rd  June,2022.

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Lesuuda Naisula receives registration certificate from IEBC officials in one of the registration centres.

Staff members were grouped in over 15 clusters for different to supervise and oversee the ORPP County and Constituency Monitors whose presence was in all constituencies. A section of staff were also stationed at the Bomas of Kenya , the designated centre for the registration of presidential candidates. The exercise was part of IEBC role in Article 88 (4f) of the Constitution, where the Commission is responsible for registration of candidates for election. Teams involved were briefed and taken through exercise’s tool and expectations in a virtual meeting prior to the exercise on 27 May 2022.  In the briefing, Assistant Registrar CPA Florence Birya termed the participation of ORPP in the exercise, critical stage at this phase of electoral period while calling for thoroughness and cooperation between ORPP staff, monitors and stakeholders involved.


“We expect you to facilitate the registration process and be present at county and constituency IEBC Centres since have a collaborative and consultative working arrangement with IEBC to achieve a successful electoral process. You are expected to facilitate the Returning Officer in verifying the membership status of political party and independent aspirants together with their proposers and seconders in your areas of jurisdiction,” said CPA Florence Birya in a virtual meeting.

Preceding the exercise, ICT department also undertook hand-on training for each of the region’s, monitors on the use of to the online web-based system (IPPMS), publicly available on website; https://ippms.orpp.or.ke besides the USSD mobile code, (*509#).

Monitors were reminded of ORPP scope of work during the exercise. “The ORPP’s mandate is to confirm the membership status of the candidates, proposers and seconders as anchored in section 34  (f) of the Political Parties Act, 2011 that empowers the Office to ensure and verify that no person is a member of more than one political party and notify the Commission of its findings”, guided Locha Erukudi, Manager, Registration in the pre-exercise briefing.

registration bomas of kenyaRegistrar, Ann Nderitu (right) follow proceedings of registration process at the Bomas of Kenya

A call centre already established at ORPP headquarters to the election period to complement existing Office telephone lines, was activated in the period as a reporting centre for inquiries and source of prompt  interventions including challenges that teams may have encountered. The centre was operated through the period.

On registration, it sets off official campaign period that runs from 30th May to 6th August, 2022. Calls have been prevalent for promotion of peace and harmony amongst party and independent candidates. “I call on  political parties to hold their candidates responsible as well as those running as independent candidates to ensure peace at the homestretch to the general election”, Registrar of Parties, Ann Nderitu urged during a National Cohesion and Integration Commission  electoral violence hotspot report launch on June. The parties and candidates are required to abide by the Electoral Code of Conduct, Political Parties Code of Conduct and other stipulated laws. Timelines issued by IEBC for registration had been delineated to various elective positions between 29th May 2022 and 7 June 2022 at the close of the exercise of candidates namely; David Mwaure Waihiga (Agano party), Prof. George Wajackoyah (Roots party), Raila Odinga (Azimio Coalition Political Party) and William Ruto (United Democratic Alliance-UDA).

Article originated by Silas Ketter

Three pre- election coalitions agreements deposited for scrutiny

Ukombozi wa Majimbo Coalition presented its coalition agreement on 7th May followed by Kenya Kwanza Alliance Coalition and Eagles National Alliance who deposited their coalition agreement to the Registrar of Political Parties on 8th May. The Coalitions will be evaluated to meet threshold of Section 10 of Political Parties Act, 2011 and if confirmed, “upon issuing the letter of a coalition under sub regulation (2), the Registrar shall publish a notice in at least two newspapers with national circulation stating the name of the coalition and the political parties that are members of the coalition”.

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 Left: officials of Ukombozi wa Majimbo Coalition, Right: Kenya Kwanza Alliance Coalition and Below: Eagles National Alliance present their coalition agreements to ORPP.

 

 

Badilisha Coalition Party Submits coalition agreement.

The Badilisha Coalition party deposited a coalition agreement to the Office of the Registrar of Political Party on 9th April. "We will review the coalition to ascertain compliance with Section 10 of Political Parties Act, 2011 and Regulations thereof and give feedback to the applicants", guided the Registrar.

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Badilisha Coalition Party officials present documents to the Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu (middle),Assistant Registrar, CPA Florence Birya( 2nd left )and Manager Registration Locha Erukudi (left) at ORPP Headquaters, 4th floor boardroom.