Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has received a boost from the Italian Government after it pledged to contribute one million dollars towards preparation of the General Election.
Through UNDP’s strengthening electoral processes in Kenya project, the Government of Italy entered into an agreement with UNDP to support the strengthening of IEBC’s institutional capacity, legislative frameworks, citizen participation in elections, and electoral dispute resolution.
Italian Ambassador to Kenya, Mauro Massoni said the move is aimed at reaching out to Kenyans and ensure women, youth and persons with disabilities are part of the entire process.
“The aim of this common effort , Italy joins other donors in this initiative, is also to reach out to the Kenyan citizens and guarantee the inclusion of women, youth and persons with disabilities, both to vote and to be elected,” said Massoni in a statement
Massoni described the partnership as strategic since it facilitates the implementation of IEBC’s roadmap to the August 2017 General Election, under the guiding principles of inclusion, equity, transparency, results orientation and collaboration.
The electoral assistance project, explained Massoni contributes to Kenya’s development objectives under the vision 2030 and with electoral preparedness as well as the electoral process itself reinforcing the national values espoused in the Constitution on patriotism, national unity, sharing, participation, inclusion, equality, observance of human rights and the rule of law.
“A credible election process can only take place if democratic institutions are well managed, supported and nurtured. Developing capacities and capabilities as well as strengthening election management bodies, is therefore, crucial”. Said Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya and UNDP Resident Representative to Kenya
UNDP with support from development partners has been providing technical assistance to elections in Kenya.
The technical assistance is aimed at fostering a free, fair, credible, transparent and peaceful election by strengthening the legal framework and institutional capacity of IEBC, Judiciary and other government institutions, whose mandates contributes to management of elections; enhancing effective participation in electoral processes by citizens, especially youth, women, persons with disabilities and marginalized groups; electoral operations, voting day security arrangements; and strengthened electoral dispute resolution.