CMD chairman James Omingo Magara/FILE
BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,21ST MARCH 2017-In a bid to increase the representation of women in the national and county assemblies in Kenya come August Elections, the centre for multiparty democracy has signed a commitment to conduct free fair and friendly nomination process ahead of the general elections.
Speaking during a meeting held by CMD in Nairobi today, the political party members led by Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua have pointed out that even with the oncoming general elections, plenty remains to be done to achieve the constitutional requirements of the 2/3 gender principle , with the parliament failing to pass the required legislation. They say the country now enters the critical election period without any legislative direction on how to achieve the not more than 2/3 gender threshold.
It is in acknowledging that gender equality in political leadership and representation is a constitutional and human rights issue and that political parties have a role to play in promoting the same that CMD chairman Hon James Omingo Magara says that political parties will commit to nominate at least 30% of the candidates to vie for political office through competitive processes in their strongholds among other commitments agreed on during inter parties dialogue session held recently in Naivasha.