PUBLIC INVITATION TO THE VOTING PROCEDURE AND RESULTS TRANSMISSION SIMULATION
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) invites the public to witness the simulation of the voting process including the counting and transmission of results on Sunday February 24, 2013. The public is further informed to note the following with regard to the exercise:
· The simulation will be conducted in one polling station in each County Assembly Ward
· Stations will be open from 6 am- 5pm……. Click here for more details
Rules of Engagement Between Non-State Actors and Transition Authority
These Rules of Engagementare herein entered into betweenCentre for Law and Research International (CLARION) of Kileleshwa, Vihiga Court, Off Vihiga Road, Nairobi, P.O. Box 46991-00100 GPO, and the Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO) of Upper Hill…… Click here for more details
Nomination procedure for various elective positions
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission wishes to inform candidates to various elective positions that details for the submission of nomination papers to the IEBC are as indicated below. Candidates are advised to ensure that they have all the requisite documents and in the prescribed manner before submitting their nomination papers. Click here for more details
Participation of the People of Kenya is now a Constitutional Principle
One of the fundamental principles of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 is participation of the people in the affairs of the nation. Implementation of the Constitution will in the greater part entail drafting, enactment and application of new laws.
Devolving the Government
Through the granting of increased power and autonomy by the national government to counties, the constitution will devolve power closer to the people. It will also make political power more diffuse by dismantling one center of power for which all candidates compete, thereby preventing one ethnic clan or group from dominating the country.
What Is Citizen Participation?
Citizen participation is a community based process, where citizens organize themselves and their goals at the grassroots level and work together through non-governmental community organizations to influence the decision making process such as the implementation of Kenya’s Constitution 2010 promulgated on August 27th last year. Citizens get most involved in this process when the issue at stake relates directly to them like the County Governments. Furthermore, citizen participation occurs when all the stakeholders cooperate to implement changes.
Why Have Public Participation?
Public participation is a key ingredient in the recipe for democracy. Public participation increases transparency in the decision making process. If citizens are involved in the legislation and policy development, they will be able to make government officials more accountable for their decisions. Therefore, individual citizens must involve themselves in the decision making process because their input can help create useful solutions to problems, such as education, health and land which are an integral part of their everyday lives.
Who Should Participate?
Every citizen should participate in the decision making process at the local level, because, in one way or another, he or she will be influenced by the policies implemented by the Government.
Art. 10 of the Constitution, sets out the national values and principles of governance, requires participation of the people whenever state organs, state officers, public officers and all persons make or implement public policy or enact, apply or interpret any law.
Art. 118 of the Constitution requires Parliament to facilitate public participation and involvement in legislative and other business of Parliament and its committees.
Art 232(1) of the Constitution recognizes involvement of the people in the process of policy making as one of the values and principles of public service.
Participation or involvement of the people is now a constitutional principle which we have to comply with. Therefore as we propose policies and legislation to implement the Constitution, as Parliament debates and enacts the Bills, we must devise effective strategies for consulting and involving the people of Kenya.