The goal of the Research Documentation & Dissemination programme is to generate evidence-based data that informs democratic practices, governance and electoral processes.
The programme work entails reviewing and updating county profiles, undertaking surveys on citizens’ perceptions on the status of democratic governance processes in Kenya, enhancing the utility of GIS/GPS technology on governance and electoral processes, assessing various aspects of the electoral processes including voter registration and the voters’ register, monitoring the performance of the county governments and capacity building. Research,Documentation and dissemination programme also ensures that technology is embraced in IED’s work and that knowledge is well managed. In this regard both the ICT department and the knowledge centre are under this programme.
The programme goal is To generate evidence-based data that informs democratic practices, governance and electoral processes.
Research Documentation & Dissemination programme has two Key Priority areas;
- To Undertake research and generate scientific data on democratic practices, governance and electoral processes.
- Dissemination of information to stakeholders
Audit of political parties adherence to the Constitution and Political Parties Act, 2011
This project is funded by Drivers of Accountability Programme (DAP). Under this programme IED will work very closely with the Registrar of Political Parties (RPP) and the selected parties to provide us with important documents and information in regard to the political party audit. IED will then audit seven political parties that contested in the 2013 general elections. These are the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), National Alliance Party (TNA), United Republican Party (URP), Wiper Democratic Movement- Kenya (WDM-K), and Forum for Restoration of Democracy (FORD), United Democratic Forum (UDF) and New FORD-Kenya. The selected political parties have been determined based on their degree of representation in parliament. In addition, IED will work with the Centre for Multiparty Democracy – Kenya (CMD) to gather additional information on the adherence of political parties to the Constitution and PPA. A final report on the political parties adherence to the law is expected to initiate an informed debate on the enforcement and adherence of political parties to the legal framework. It is expected that the debate will influence the formulation of a policy on the management and administration of political parties and relevant amendments of the Political Parties Act.
International global survey on electoral dispute resolution
IED is in the process of conducting international comparative studies to update and enrich International IDEA’s Unified Database (http://www.idea.int/uid/), which consists of several databases targeting electoral processes. This is in an endeavour to provide high quality knowledge resources to help enhance electoral processes around the world and contribute to the consolidation of democratic institutions and practices. The database is used by academics, political and electoral decision-makers and other stakeholders.
Audit of the National Register of Voters used on 4th August 2010
The programme assessed the quality of the register that was used on 4th August Constitutional Referendum and shared salient findings and recommendations with various stake holders. In assessing the quality of the register of voters, IED sought to achieve the following objectives: To verify the accuracy, completeness and how up to date the register is; To compare the quality of the voters register generated through Electronic Voter Registration (EVR) process and that which is generated manually using the Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) forms; To safeguard the integrity of the voter registration process and the voters register for strengthened public confidence and participation; To inform and motivate the public regarding voter registration processes; To inform the next voter registration drive prior to the 4th March 2013 general elections; To contribute towards strengthening and improving democratic process in Kenya. The report can be downloaded from here.
Monitoring the Biometric Voter Registration processes
As part of its mandate, IED monitored the Biometric voter registration processes in order to assess, document and avail data and information to inform the fresh voter registration exercise and the ultimate compilation of a new register of voters in Kenya. Monitoring of voter registration processes was intended to support the IEBC in the new registration exercise and to build citizens’ confidence in the registration processes ahead of the 4th march 2013 elections.IED issued two media statements to share the BVR findings and recommendations which can be downloaded here.
Monitoring and Observation of the 4th March 2013 general elections
RDD programme represented IED in the ELOG secretariat to support planning and implementation of the ELOG’s monitoring and observation initiatives for the last general elections. The programme offered immense support in PVT Capacity building, development of training materials and management of PVT. ELOG’s report on the 4th 2013 General elections can be down loaded here.