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Players will enhance collaboration to optimize the role of the Political Parties Liaison Committee of Kenya, a dialogue platform pitying Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), ORPP  and fully registered political parties, established under Section 38 of the Political Parties Act,2011. This came to the fore during a post-election evaluation forum held on 23rd December, 2022, in Nairobi.

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ORPP team and stakeholders during the forum

The evaluation aimed at identifying key achievements and areas of improvement in subsequent elections.

Stringent electoral timelines, inadequacies of intra-political parties' democracy and shortfalls in party lists were cited as some of the challenges that faced during the electoral process.

Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu appreciated the political parties for effectively participating in the last general election while calling for them to live by respective party ideologies in the current electoral cycle.

"I call upon you to advocate your ideologies and to guide members and supporters to participate in your party activities," urged the Registrar while speaking in the forum.

The need for further legal reforms and political /civic education were some of the recommendations for the gaps identified.

Participants' feedback received in the forum will form part of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) post-election report on the conduct of August 2022 general election. 

This year, ORPP ranked 2nd runners-up under the Independent Offices category of the ((Financial Reporting Awards) FiRe awards. The awards, is a joint initiative of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), the Capital Market Authority (CMA) Kenya, and the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) founded in 2002 to promote financial reporting standards. The award, adds to similar previous awards ORPP received in recognition of its role in upholding financial reporting standards in line with applicable laws and professional standards. 

fire awardsDouglas Osores and Jane Kamau receive FiRe award on behalf of ORPP at an award Gala at Safari Park, Nairobi on 17th December, 2022

ORPP continued its commitment to seek feedback on its undertakings. To provide an avenue for structured feedback by varied stakeholders, ORPP hosted a multi-agency dialogue forum that runs from the 14th to 17th November 2022 in Machakos to reflect on its milestones and initiatives in the last polls for continual improvement. The Registrar while speaking at the start of the forum, appreciated stakeholders for their support and collaboration, a positive factor in the realization of ORPP’s successes in the last general election.

"This election evaluation exercise will help us identify the gaps and the possible areas of linkages and improvement going forward", said the Registrar while highlighting the raft of reforms undertaken.

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Registrar of Political Parties address stakeholders who attended the forum on 15th November 2022 in Machakos.

Other key speakers called for further legal review and increased stakeholder engagements to fit some challenges faced during the electoral cycle. In the meeting, ORPP highlighted its reflection on the polls including critical statistics of Special Interest Groups' participation, and received a view of focus group discussions held, all key in shaping Office policy and strategic outlook.

International IDEA Myanmar, Universities and Colleges Students' Peace Association of Kenya - UCSPAK, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Media Council of Kenya, National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD), National Police Service, CRAWN Trust, Siasa Place and Independent Policing Oversight Authority - IPOA KENYA.

Assistant Registrar of Political Parties (ARPP) Regulation and Compliance, Ali A. Surraw termed the work collectively attained by staff during one of the busiest year that 2022 as occasioned by the general election as heroic. In his inspiring talk during the 2022 end of year in Mombasa, Ali shared that he was elated by staff commitment and professional prowess that helped ORPP deliver and contribute to one of the most competitive general election in the history of the country.

“Stand tall and pride yourselves as heroes having personally counted and contributed to the country’s patriotic endeavor. Team, you are heroes.”, Ali appreciated staff.

The Assistant Registrar acknowledged the impact of ORPP contribution to the election naming its role as one of the second highest responsibilities in the elections. In his recollection, he further noted the need to uphold ideals to better position ORPP and progress staff professional growth as some of his lessons learned.

He underscored the cardinal necessity of teamwork, observing that team synergy not only buttresses the smart attainment of resolutions set by staff and the Office but also builds on the innovative demands of present times “ It is not only about finance, strategy, technology-which I must acknowledge we have done very well…It is about teamwork… none of us is as smart as all of us”, counseled ARRP. “Moving into the new year 2023, I urge all to embrace open communication; flexibility and reliability; innovation and diversity; leadership and motivation as some of the epitomes that we must live by as we work”, reckoned Ali.

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Assistant Registrar Mr Ali Surraw making his closing remarks during the end-of-year staff retreat

The ARPP further reiterated for staff to always endeavor to bring solutions through their work and professional forte to both ORPP and society as a whole. “As top Management, we stand on your shoulders as staff. We must, therefore, celebrate each other, and inspire one another as we gladly serve in our respective roles”, he said.

Call for enhanced advocacy for better representation of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in the election was said to be key in addressing shortfalls of SIGs' optimal participation in elective politics. This came to the fore today during ELOG's convened post 2022 general symposium. Speaking in the forum, Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu appreciated gains such as legal provisions for inclusion of SIGs in the governing bodies of political parties.

"Going forward, ORPP will initiate civic engagements activities in order to achieve as part of recalibrating change in society"', Registrar noted.

Kenya's patriarchal culture and high social capital in the political contest were identified as pertinent factors for women's exclusion in elective positions and politics.

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Registrar address Special Interest Group (SIGs) held on 2nd December, 2022 in Nairobi.

The deliberations were preceded by launch of the Electoral Observation Report which provides insights of SIGs participation in the August, 2022 general election.