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Insightful engagement between ORPP and National Electoral Board of Ethiopia- NEBE - on their peer to peer exchange visit about political parties processes and parties regulation that happened on 4th October, 2022.

The team was taken through political parties registration, compliance, and Administration laws, procedures, and guidelines as is in the ORPP's mandate. Discussions also revolved around successful programs the Office rolled ahead, during, and post the 2022 general election. Such included monitoring of party activities; legislative and ICT reforms; verification of political parties' membership at varied stages; capacity building initiatives for different target groups among others.

"Our processes and operations are bound by the Constitution, Political Parties Act,2011, and other laws that the Office abide by in all its processes and aligned to its strategic direction, "CPA Florence Birya noted.

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Registrar of Political Parties lead ORPP officers during a National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) who paid a courtesy visit on 4th October at the headquarters

The Registrar Ann N. Nderitu gave highlights of the history of ORPP and the country's political parties' journey that has broadened the attainment of the citizens' political rights as enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya. "ORPP is proud of its regulatory role of political parties resulting in them being sustainable and foundational governance institutions as found in their constitutions. As an Office, we have made deliberate to promote, protect and support inclusion measures for special interests groups in our programming and continue to entrench such in party leadership for a balanced political landscape", Registrar guided.

A section team had an opportunity further engage their ORPP peers on technical aspects of various dockets including ICT internal systems, compliance measures, institutional structure,s and co-shared expert experiences between the two institutions. "We will put to practice our learning from this insightful session as we try to recalibrate our country's political management model ', appreciated Chairperson NEBE, Birtukan Midekssa Deme.

The visiting team also comprising of European Centre for Electoral Support , Kenyan and Ethiopian-based officials, included NEBE Board members and staff in the ICT and political parties departments.

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ORPP team, ECES and NEBE visiting guests pose for a group after the meeting at Lion place, 4th floor boardroom