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ENHANCING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON VOTER REGISTRATION

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The Council of Governors and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission will embark on a voter and civic registration exercise to increase citizenry and stakeholder participation in matters governance and voter registration.
Both institutions are legally mandated to conduct civic education, County Government’s on the understanding of the devolved structure of governance and the other the electoral procedure and systems. It is on this understanding that the IEBC Chairperson Mr. Wafula Chebukati called for a framework for engagement to conduct civic education project aimed at providing citizens with the right knowledge and attitude that will enable them actively exercise their civic duty.
The Chairman Council of Governors, H.E. Hon. Wycliffe Oparanya expressed optimism in implementing a joint initiative based on the fact that Counties already implement Public Participation thus incorporating IEBC civic education would pose no challenge. “I support the proposal for an engagement framework to guide how both institutions will implement this engagement,” said Governor Oparanya.
Speaking in the same meeting, the Chairman IEBC Mr. Chebukati noted that both institutions bear a commonality. “It is therefore prudent that we develop modalities for meaningful partnership and collaboration towards educating the public on matters relating to democracy, governance and election through civic education,” he alluded.
The Vice Chairman of the Council of Governors, H.E. Mwangi Wa Iria noted that the electioneering period in Kenya is characterised by violence and divisive politics. He challenged IEBC to stagger election into two and thus conduct the National and County elections separately in the general elections for the year 2022 to avoid the chaos that normally takes place. Equally, the Chairman CoG called upon IEBC to release the voter register at least 6months ahead of the elections to enhance transparency and voter credibility during the elections period.
Other present during the meeting included Mr. Boya Molu, IEBC Commissioner and Mrs. Jaqueline Musyoki, Chief Executive Officer CoG.
The project will be premised on realizing a democratic system that is issue based, people centred, results oriented and accountable to the people of Kenya as enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya (2010), the County Governments Act 2012, the IEBC Act 2011, the Intergovernmental Relations Act 2011 and Kenya’s Vision 2030.

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