Mombasa, 15th November, 2014
IEBC, in collaboration with organizations dealing with Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), is developing policy on gender and PWD participation in elections. A workshop in Mombasa noted that the political environment is not friendly to women and PWDs and the law should made considerate.
IEBC’s Commissioner Nzibo said “due to lack of proper policies and laws on inclusion of PWDs, some people have devised ways of cheating the system especially through the party lists”. The meeting was told that the gender and affirmative issues were not gender fights as most perceived but a measure for correcting inequalities in the system.The workshop in Mombasa is the last of four clusters that is collecting views which informs the baseline for drafting laws and policies on inclusion of various marginalized groups in the electoral process.
The workshop brings together IEBC Commissioners, Directors, Managers, Regional Elections Coordinators (CECs) and Constituency Elections Coordinators (CECs). The meeting was also addressed by IEBC’s Vice-Chair, Lilian Mahiri-Zaja and Commissioners Muthoni Wangai and Mohamed Alawi.