Strengthening Governance and Democratization Processes in Kenya / Enhancing Citizen’s Engagement and Participation in Democratic Governance and Electoral Processes in Kenya

The project aimed at empowering citizens, both women and men, and the youth with knowledge and skills to enable them to effectively participate in democratic and electoral processes. The 2007/08 post-election violence resulted in the loss of confidence by Kenyans in electoral processes and institutions of governance. This also increased voter apathy. There was therefore urgent need to restore public confidence in the electoral processes and institutions of governance, by equipping citizens with the knowledge and skills to enhance electoral participation and exercise their democratic rights. 

Activities scheduled; timeline: 10th February- 27th February 2013
IED undertook   Voter Education Community Forums, an Election Observation Workshop in Isiolo (This workshop encouraged CBOs to design and manage their own observation missions and enhanced the capacity of civil society to promote good governance.) and Focus Group Discussions in 13 selected Counties. Namely:

1. Isiolo

2. Meru,

3. Nyeri,

4. Nyandarua,

5. Kiambu

6. Kajiado

7. Nairobi

8. West Pokot

9. Baringo

10. Elgeyo Marakwet

11. Trans-Nzoia

12. Bomet

13. Nakuru
IED  visited the above 13 counties in Central and Rift regions and undertook Community Voter Education Forums. The Civic / Voter Education Programme  conducted two forums in each county and  educated the community in:
Voting and electoral procedures such as; elective positions, how to mark a ballot paper and how to protect the secrecy of the ballot.
IED aimed to reach over 3,000 people during this period. The field teams were looking forward to engaging Kenyans in this exercise to provide accurate and timely information, in view that this would promote active electoral participation.