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July 2017

Elections in Kenya: 2017 General Elections FAQs

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On August 8, Kenyans will vote for president, county governors, members of the Senate, representatives of the National Assembly (including women county representatives to the National Assembly), and members of county assemblies in a widely watched election. IFES’ Frequently Asked Questions provide information on a range of critical issues ahead of this important electoral process.


Kenyans Say “We are #BetterThanThis,” Aiming to Support Women’s Participation in Elections

While women in Kenya have reached leadership levels across multiple sectors of society, female representation in political leadership is well below that of other countries in the East Africa region. On July 5, 2017, IFES officially launched the #BetterThanThis digital media campaign in an effort to create a critical demand structure for female political leadership in Kenya.

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Empowering Kenya’s Chama Market Women through Advocacy Training

Underrepresentation of women in Kenya does not only stem from the number of women that register to vote but also the lack of availability of targeted voter education. To this end, IFES is implementing a pilot voter education program aimed at empowering women to act as advocates in their local communities. This program is directed at strengthening the effectiveness of voter education initiatives targeting women voters and improving voter access to the electoral process through working with Chama women groups.

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Youth Vote Activation and Digital Media Campaign Gearing Up for the 2017 Election

In Kenya, youth are defined in the constitution as persons between the ages of 18 and 35 years old. This demographic is a vital part of Kenyan society, making up over 78 percent of the population. As such, IFES is supporting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in deploying a dynamic youth outreach strategy targeting youth voters ahead of the 2017 general elections.

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Kenya’s Campus Ambassadors Help Get out the Youth Ahead of August Polls

IFES Kenya is providing grants to youth-based organizations whose focus is encouraging greater and more meaningful youth participation in Kenya’s electoral process. The campus-based initiatives hinge on engaging youth through peer-to-peer advocacy led by fellow youth known as Campus Ambassadors. For more information, watch the videos in this post and let our Campus Ambassadors get you excited about the importance of elections and peaceful participation in Kenya.

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Notes on Democracy

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IFES is turning 30 this year and we invite you to celebrate our anniversary! Read and share our success stories with Nena Lukin, the winner of IFES’ 2015 Photography Contest; with IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney, International Republican Institute President Ambassador Mark Green, and National Democratic Institute President Kenneth Wollack discussing 20 years of collaboration of the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening; and Professor Attahiru Jega, who was awarded the 2015 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award for his work as the chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission during Nigeria’s watershed 2015 elections.

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Work with IFES

IFES seeks an experienced and motivated individual for a Director of Human Resources and Administration position. We are also accepting applications for a Chief of Party in Bangladesh.

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