By Nandwa Hope
Nairobi Kenya, Monday March 18, 2019
A Taskforce on Review of Political Party Primaries will hold public engagements on the 20th March 2019 with members of the public to collect views and information relevant to reform Political Party Primaries in Kenya. The forums will take place in Mombasa, Nakuru, Isiolo, Nyeri, Kisumu and Kitui counties.
Registrar of Political Parties, Ms. Ann Nderitu confirmed the taskforce has membership from National Assembly, Senate, Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice, Kenya Law Reform Commission, Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, National Gender and Equality Commission, Political Parties Dispute Tribunal and Office of the Registrar of Political Parties.
She added that the objectives of the forum are to obtain the experiences of Kenyans at the grass root level from their involvement in Party Primaries.
“The Taskforce will identify issues for reform of the primaries process and receive input into the draft policy framework on the conduct of Party Primaries with recommendations and possible areas for legal reforms” she added.
The PPA 2011 provides for the Code of Conduct of Political parties which affirms the need for them to uphold and promote democratic practices through free, fair and credible nominations. Code of Conduct regulates the behavior of members and office holders of political parties, aspiring candidates, candidates and their supporters with a view of promoting good governance.