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The Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu has been awarded the 1st class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (C.B.S) in the Order of Burning Spear category by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta. This was in recognition of her outstanding public service spanning years in different responsibilities.

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Congratulatory message to the Registrar  of Political Parties, Ann N. Nderitu, MBS, CBS shared to staff and stakeholder

In a  Kenya Gazette  Vol. CXXIV No. 134 of 8th July , 2022, Ann Nderitu was among the 180 listed persons awarded different awards and honors.  The award is “In recognition of distinguished and outstanding service rendered to the nation in various capacities”… reads the Gazette’s conferment in part. The award build on a host of other accolades of the Registrar including previous  Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (M.B.S).

Staff outpoured their congratulatory messages to the Registrar on the award, noting her strategic guidance that has resulted to building ORPP to become an institution  of international repute. “Hearty congratulations to our very own…for the award. The ORPP is glad to have an election management expert of international repute in our fold  and as our leader”, read the corporate congratulatory message shared to staff and stakeholders.

In her appreciation to staff, Registrar recognized the collective efforts and contribution of staff members to the gains made. “Thanks team members for the warm compliments. The award is for all of us as a team. We have delivered our mandate with diligence  and commitment. I appreciate each one of your for the commitment”, treasured the Registrar.

The award asserts the Registrar’s leadership acumen and mark especially in her lead role in advocacy for good governance, inclusion in political parties and vision for democratically  run political parties that uphold national values and principles of good governance.

“We had only the Political Parties Act when I came on board in 2018. We had to develop regulations and policies around the Act to strengthen the institution. We have since digitized the party register which used to be a big problem. The system allows one to be a member of only one political party at a time and rejects wrong data. The system can be queried through integration with other national databases such as the National Registration Bureau and the IEBC.

This way, we have been able to clean up the register and create openness,” said the Registrar in an exclusive feature titled “The Woman out to sanitize Kenya Politics with the Business Daily published on 25th June, 2022.

The award comes hot in the heels of varied  milestones undertaken by the Office ahead of the 9th August,2022 General Election as contained in its Election Master Plan. Some of the gains include; spearheading the Amendments to the Political Parties Act, 2011 and related legal reforms; development and roll-out of digital platforms for ease and efficiency in accessing and management of political parties’ membership register; capacity-building for various organs of political parties;  deployment of Monitors across the country to monitor political campaigns and other political activities; formulating and  unveiling of Kenya's Political Education Source Book and party Agents manuals; countrywide training for various targeted groups including Special Interest Groups;  sustained collaborations with stakeholders; roll out of peace caravans in mapped out hotspot areas; training of Political Parties Chief Agents; formulation of varied  policies  and guidelines among other milestones.

Presidential awards are conferred in recognition of one’s efforts in serving the country. The National Honors and Awards Committee advises the Head of State for awardees.