Safari Park Hotel
Chairman, Council of Governors H.E Peter Munya led Governors , Deputy Governors and other stakeholders to a consultative meeting on elections at Safari Park Hotel. The meeting was aimed at achieving several agendas which included; providing County Governments with a platform
to engage stakeholders in the electoral process on their preparedness, clarify the Council’s role in the electoral process through engagement with experts and other stakeholders in elections, offer a non-partisan approach alongside religious sector and other sectors to the elections discourse- a bridge for a sober discussion, offer a platform where the elections agenda is discussed in a professional and impartial manner and promote inclusivity in the elections discourse.
Some of the institutions represented in the meeting included; United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), High Court of Kenya, Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), National Gender and Equality Commission, Kenya Human Rights Commission, Uraia Trust, National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), University of Nairobi - AWSC, UN- Women, Uwiano Peace Platform, Court of Appeal, Judiciary Committee on Elections, KEPSA, CORD which was represented by Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga and media Practitioners.
The consultative meeting therefore considered and recommended the following things;
1.That the Council of Governors will support initiatives that promote inclusive and bipartisan dialogue on the electoral process.
2.That minimum institutional and legal reforms will be undertaken to guarantee a free, fair and peaceful elections.
3.That the youth will be engaged constructively and their capacities utilized positively to promote peaceful elections.
4. That the two-thirds constitutional principle is operationalized; measures to control gender-based violence are entrenched; and that competent and well deserving youth, women and persons with disabilities are elected or nominated into County Assemblies and Parliament.
5.That provincial Administration will play no role in the 2017 general elections.
6.That the pending and other necessary regulations be enacted to facilitate operationalization of the current elections legal framework.
7.That the Supreme Court crisis is resolved with urgency so that there is a properly constituted court to handle a presidential election petition.
8.That public participation and civic education are prioritized and that County Governments will partner with IEBC in delivery of voter education on elections.
9.That the media, civil society and academia will remain independent and contribute meaningfully in the elections agenda.
10.That all stakeholders will take necessary action in their respective capacities to ensure that peace is maintained in the 2017 general elections.
National and County Governments, independent offices, civil society, religious sector, private sector, and media have a role to play in ensuring that Kenya holds a peaceful and transparent election come 2017.
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