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Women have made gradual progress marking their presence in national politics. This is demonstrated by election of women into elective positions, sizeable contenders by women for various as well a number of them at the helm of political parties leadership.

This came to the fore during the 65th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) forum, held on 18th and 19th May 2021, where the Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu was the Chief Guest. She gave keynote address to guide grassroots women leaders with focus on funding and campaign support for women candidates.

Statistics outlook

The Registrar highlighted statistics as drawn from ORPP-maintained data that depict mixed gains in women pursuit for political leadership as well as membership outlook. For instance, she noted, out the total 16,311,226 Kenyans registered as members in various political parties at the time, 9,717,827  were male while 6,593,399 were female slot, representing about 40% representation. A further review on the office bearers aspect in political parties, women accounted for an average 37%.

On seeking elective political leadership, there has been mixed outcome, where  for example, in the past presidential contests, four women aspirants have tried their hand, among them being: Hon. Charity Ngilu who contested as a presidential candidate in 1997 on an SDP ticket; Hon. Martha Karua on a NARC- Kenya ticket in 2013 while Hon. Prof. Julia Ojiambo featured as  vice presidential candidate in 2007. At the helm of political parties, there are at present 6 party women as party leaders.  Additionally, in 2017 general elections, substantial milestone was registered where a number of women were elected in governorship, Members of National Assembly and Members of County Assembly as compared in the 2013. “In 2013 there were no elected women in the gubernatorial positions whereas in 2017, there were three (3) women governors elected”, read the address in part.

The Registrar also guided and sensitized participants on a raft of legal mechanisms in the Constitution of Kenya 2010 (CoK), Political Parties Act,2011 and other enabling legislation that seek to provide opportunities for women participation in politics. Guaranteed given for party lists under Article 90 of the Constitution, special seats set aside under Article 90 of CoK, purpose and distribution of Political Parties Fund that seek to promote representation of women in Parliament and County Assemblies among others legal and policy interventions were highlighted. Relevant stipulations in the Political Parties Code of Conduct and Elections Code of Conduct related to the subject area were also interrogated.

Out of the deliberations and challenges highlighted, several mitigation measures were seen palpable. “Insightful discussions we had today, I think some of interventions that are needed of various duty bearers include: appropriate legal reform and implementation; grassroots sensitization; mapping and capacity building of women”, Registrar noted. She summed with a clarion call for “collegiate institutional and individual collaboration. This would reshape political parties to cater for women candidates to tap into opportunities that guarantee meaningful participation of women in the political spaces”.

The Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu has urged for support of political parties by their members and general citizenry. She noted that members in political parties as key stakeholders, have an obligation to embrace and appropriately contribute in building registered political parties as vehicles of governance. Members should also question their parties to ensure they are on course and live up to their foundational philosophies.

In a press interview with Kenya Television Network (KTN) in her Office on 26th May, 2021, the Registrar underscored the need to upscale the structured engagement between political parties and members as well as general public for full realization of political rights as enshrined in Article 38 and related provisions of Constitution of Kenya, 2010. “Political parties play a critical role as vehicle for citizenry to exercise diverse rights in promotion of democracy. This can be realized if the members in political parties and citizens embrace and champion the ideals of parties they subscribe to”, noted the Registrar. She further dissuaded Kenyans to detach from ‘personality politics’ in which some political followers fanatically follow given political figures rather than focus on building political parties as institutions of governance. “I urge political parties to ensure they have structures as required in law for members to actively participate in undertakings of their parties as they aspire to form government or complement the sitting government”.

At ORPP, we continue to re-engineer our business processes by adopting responsive and appropriate technologies for better service delivery. At present, ORPP is improving the Integrated Political Parties Management System (IPPMS) for instance, soon to be rolled out access of some modules of IPPMS through E- citizen platform where designated service will be available at convenience of the citizens”, Registrar informed.

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Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu with KTN’s Patrick Amimo (left) and crew during the interview session at the Registrar’s office.

The Registrar during the interview also delved into a raft of other topical matters including legal reforms; political realignments and formations; ideology  for political parties; funding of political parties, party primaries among other issues. Ms.  Nderitu noted that the country needs to appreciate the strides made in political arena in promotion of democracy. “Looking at our country’s democracy that has been for about 6 decades and a looking at a decade of multi-party democracy, we ought to be proud of the milestones of our growing democracy in imprinting the ideologies of parties compared to other democracies of many centuries for instance, those of western jurisdictions”, she observed.  This notwithstanding, she added that ORPP plays a central role in shaping ideologies of aspiring political parties as they are required to present to a panel for interrogation as part of provisional registration process.

In addressing the question coalitions, the country was guided that political formations in form of coalitions and mergers should be seen in good light as mechanisms for inclusivity and embracing diversity. “In the last 3 general elections, we have seen various political formations that despite some challenges have largely expanded inclusivity across demographics”, Registrar guided. A caution was further given that the cooperating parties should strictly adhere to coalition agreements duly executed and deposited with the Registrar in order to mitigate conflict and for the larger good of the electorates.

Strict fidelity to the Political Parties Code of Conduct in 1st schedule to the Political Parties Act (PPA), 2011 was underscored. “In line with this Code, central responsibility lies with the parties in ensuring that indiscipline party officials and members are dealt with in accordance with their respective parties’ constitutions. Matters of party primaries were also elucidated. The Registrar called on parties to ensure that there is credibility in their conduct of party primaries in line with the law to inspire confidence of members and members of the public.

Malpractices witnessed in a primaries in run up to the recently held by-elections, must be addressed by relevant party structures as ORPP as guided. The Registrar on 27th May 2021 featured in another interview with TV-47 where related issues were clarified.

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Registrar in an interview with TV 47

The KTN’s interview was aired on 29th May, 2021 during its 9 o’clock prime time news. The detailed version is anticipated to be included in the television’s special feature for the Madaraka day commemorations.

The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) is established by the Political Parties Act, 2011 as a State Office within the meaning of Article 260 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010. The mandate of the Office is to register, regulate political parties and administer the Political Parties Fund.

In line with Section 5 (2) of the Political Parties Act, 2011, the Registrar of Political Parties is in the process of provisionally registering the following proposed political parties, find below the particulars of these parties as contained in the notice published in My Gov on Standard newspaper on 13th April 2021.

Name

Abbreviation

Party Colors

Party Symbol

Movement United for Super Action

MUSA

White and Pink

Man at Work

Mkenya Daima Party

MDP

Red, Green, Brown and White

Brown Ant

Chama Ya Mapatano Kenya

CYMK

Red, Black and White

Globe on Beacon

Common People’s Party

CPP

Maroon, White, Green, Beige

White Rabbit

WakenyaSote Party

WASP

Black, Yellow, Blue, White and Red

Donkey carrying Luggage

New Dawn Party of Kenya

NDPK

Red, White and Purple

University Graduation Cap

Daraja ya Kenya Party

DAKEPA

Sunflower Yellow, Red and White

Computer Keyboard

National Economic Development Party

NEDP

Light Blue, White and Maroon

Magnifying Glass

Adopt Development Assembly Party

ADAP

Grey, White and Golden Yellow

Jembe

The People’s National Republican Party

TPNRP

Red, Green and Yellow

Pembe Mbili

Kenya Union Party

KUP

Red, Blue and White

Rope

Kenya Democracy for Change

KDC

Blue, White

Spectacles

Nationalist Patriotic Party

NP

Blue, Red

Balloon

Vitendo na Sera Party

VSP

Maroon, Black, Green and White

Wood Plane/Randa

Corporate Communication Unit.

Lion Place Nairobi, Kenya; April 23, 2021

Movement United for Super Action (MUSA), a proposed political party seeking provisional registration, presented its ideology to the ORPP Name Search and Registration committee on the 21st April 2021 at the ORPP offices.

The party, whose mantra is “rasimali na kazi”, stated that it would place its foundation on the ideals of social democracy. In its brief, the party noted that it has resulted to the said ideological position after analysis of state of affairs in political and ordinary lives of the citizens in Kenya. “MUSA subscribes to; social democracy-advocating for economic and social interventions with a vision of transforming Kenya into a just, modern, prosperous nation; a country united in pursuit of equity for all Kenyans”, stated in its  ideology brief.

It further presented proposed ways in which the party will differentiate itself from the rest by developing clear and implementable programmes in all spheres of governance with emphasis on optimal resource utilization and job creation in line with its motto for true economic emancipation. “MUSA will establish, enhance and entrench sound economic institutions and fiscal policies to ensure sustainable human economic and physical development; accountable, free, fair usage of public resources and total elimination of corruption, nepotism and mediocrity”, proposed Victor Ngatia, the party’s interim Secretary General in the briefing.

The Registrar of Political Parties, Ann Nderitu noted that other than acquiring power, political party through their ideals are supposed to be the voice of the people encouraged the applicants to live up to the aspirations outlined in the ideology even as they continue the process of registering the party.

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ORPP team (seated left) with interim officials of the proposed Movement United for Super Action (MUSA) party during presentation of its ideology in the ORPP boardroom

The Office guided the party accordingly on various amendments to the ideology in line with provisions of the law. “We want to see the ideological values translated and sustained within the necessary party structures”, the Assistant Registrar in charge of Registration and Field Coordination, CPA Florence Birya said as she echoed the Registrar’s sentiments.

Relevant departments and sections have been guiding the party on its strive for registration within the stipulated legal process of registration.

The presentation was part of the Office elaborate process of scrutiny of applications for party registration in a bid to ensure registration ofpolitical parties with a national character as contained in the provision ofArticle 91 of the Constitution of Kenya.

The Movement United for Super Action (MUSA) is one of the fourteen (14) proposed political parties seeking registration published in My Gov publication of the 13thApril, 2021. The notice also disseminated on ORPP website, sought objections if any, from members of public prior to their provisional registration as required by section 5(2) of the PPA.

STAKEHOLDER NOTICE  30TH MARCH, 2021

 

In line with the Presidential Public Order No. 2 of 2021 of the 26th March, 2021, you are hereby notified that the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) will scale down its face to face services from 6th April, 2021 until notified otherwise. The scaling down will affect the headquarters, Lion Place , Westlands- Nairobi  and its Nakuru office, falling under the zoned area. Other offices in Mombasa, Kisumu, Isiolo, Kitui, Eldoret and Nyeri will remain open with strict adherence to the Covid-19 work spaces guidelines.

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