Federal Republic of Germany to support electoral institutional strengthening
Ms. Jutta Frasch, Ambassador, Federal Republic of Germany to Kenya with Ms. Amanda Serumaga, UNDP Kenya Country Director and Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Kenya at the signing ceremony in Nairobi. Photo: Ngele Ali/ UNDP Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya - Under UNDP’s Strengthening the Electoral Processes in Kenya (SEPK) project, the Federal Republic of Germany on Friday 6 October 2017, entered into an agreement with UNDP to support institutional strengthening of the IEBC in readiness for the 26 October 2017 presidential elections.

The tripartite partnership is strategic as it facilitates the implementation of the IEBC’s roadmap, ahead of the repeat elections as recommended by the Supreme Court of Kenya under the guiding principles of; transparency, impartiality, objectivity and independence.

“The Federal Republic of Germany assures its continued support to Kenya’s democratic journey and encourages participation of all stakeholders, including the citizens of Kenya, in ensuring that the new presidential election upholds democracy in a free, fair, credible and non-violent manner.” Ms. Jutta Frasch, Ambassador, Federal Republic of Germany to Kenya.

UNDP Kenya through Strengthening the Electoral Process in Kenya (SEPK) project, provides electoral assistance in election preparedness and processes, embracing the national values espoused in the Constitution of Kenya of; patriotism, national cohesion, equity, participation, inclusion, equality as well as observance of human rights and the rule of law. The Project Document of the basket fund is a product of extensive consultation with various stakeholders and approved by the government of Kenya and aims at providing technical support that encourages broad-based citizen participation in the electoral process.

UNDP Kenya reiterates its’ commitment to electoral support to Kenya in line with the UN guidelines on electoral assistance to member states. The UN principles and values of: impartiality, objectivity, neutrality and independence, underpin this process.” Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Kenya

For more information contact:
Ngele Ali - Communications Specialist +254 798 481008 email: ngele.ali@undp.org

Note to editors:
Working in partnership with the government of Kenya and development actors, UNDP in Kenya has assisted in elections and referenda since early 2000. UNDP Kenya together with UN Women and Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights provides electoral assistance to the following: the IEBC, Office of Registrar of Political Parties; the Judiciary; National Police; media, political parties Civil Society Organisations among others. Key areas of support include: institutional strengthening, policy development, voter education, election integrity and security; electoral dispute resolution as well as fostering inclusive participation with focus on women, youth and People with Disabilities.

To date, the SEPK project’s basket fund has received resources from various bilateral donors including the United States Agency International Development (USAID), United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), European Union (EU), Embassy of Ireland and Embassy of Italy, to support constitutionally mandated institutions engaged in the electoral process. 

All UNDP projects in Kenya, including support to the electoral process, are part of the overall United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) agreed with the Government of Kenya; and are aligned with national development priorities. The assistance provided beneficial to all national actors, state and non-state, including citizens of Kenya.

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