General elections will be held in Kenya on 4 March 2013, electing the President,
Senators, County Governors, Members of Parliament, Civic Wards and Women County
Representatives. They will be the first elections held under the new constitution,
which was passed during the 2010 referendum. Due to the terms of the new constitution,
it could also be the first presidential election in Kenya where the candidates face
a second round run-off between the first and the second if no-one achieves a simple
majority in the first round or if the winner does not get 25% of the votes in at
least 24 counties. More on Wiki
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is an independent regulatory
agency that was founded in 2011 by the Constitution of Kenya. The Commission is
responsible for conducting or supervising referenda and elections to any elective
body or office established by the Constitution, and any other elections as prescribed
by an Act of Parliament. It was created in a provision of the 2010 constitution
and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act.
Its mandate includes; the continuous registration of voters and revision of the
voter’s roll,the delimitation of constituencies and wards,the regulation of political
parties process,the settlement of electoral disputes,the registration of candidates
for elections,voter education,the facilitation of the observation, monitoring and
evaluation of elections,the regulation of money spent by a candidate or party in
respect of any election,the development of a code of conduct for candidates and
parties,the monitoring of compliance with legislation on nomination of candidates
Daily Nation article outlining key challenges that should be addressed as Kenya
heads into elections on March 4, 3012, the Daily Nation outline challenges facing
the nation that should be addressed.
The UNEAD in the Department of Political Affairs plays a leading role in the work
of the United Nations to help nations hold credible elections. In many cases, these
elections are a defining moment in a country's transition to democracy, as in Libya
in 2012. In the last twenty years, the United Nations has assisted more than 100
of the UN member states, more than half of its membership, with electoral support.
The Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA) was launched in August l997. It was formed
to provide a platform for media correspondents to interact, build solidarity and
enhance their profile and recognition in the media industry. The association is
meant to help correspondents’ address and improve their professional and welfare
needs. This will in turn contribute to professionalism in the media industry.
View the constitution on the official website of the National Council for Law Reporting
(Kenya), a public body established under the National Council for Law Reporting
Act (Act No. 11 of 1994). The mandate of the Council is to publish the Kenya Law
Reports which contain the judicial opinions of the superior courts of record and
which are the official law reports of the Republic of Kenya; to revise, consolidate
and publish the official Laws of Kenya.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has started deploying the Biometric Voter Registration machines to the counties, for what is seen as the first step
towards the commencement of the delayed voter registration. In the video, NTV's Jane Ngoiri
reports, the IEBC is aiming to register about 18 million voters within a month.
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