The Federation of Women Lawyers- Kenya (FIDA-K) is a non-profit, membership organization consisting of over 1,100 women lawyers committed to increasing women’s access to justice in both formal and informal justice systems in Kenya. FIDA Kenya was established in 1985 .The organization’s vision is to have a society that respects and upholds women’s rights and the mission is to promote women’s individual and collective power to claim their rights in all spheres of life.
FIDA Kenya has been following with keen interest the ongoing party primaries preparations. Of concern to us is the recent issuance of direct party nomination by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). On 3rd April 2017, 800 direct nomination tickets were reported to have been issued to allegedly loyal members of ODM by the Chairperson of the party National Elections Board.
FIDA Kenya has noted with concern that of the reported 800 direct nominations issued, no woman was issued a direct nomination for the gubernatorial position neither for the senatorial positions. Of concern also is the method/criteria that was used to map out those who received the direct nominations.
FIDA Kenya is afraid that the move by ODM directly marginalizes women by taking away their chances of being elected in the various elective seats.
FIDA Kenya seeks to remind ODM leadership and all other Political parties, that the Constitution has enshrined the rights of women to participate fully and equally in the electoral process. In this regard, all political parties are mandated to give women aspirants a conducive environment within which they can enhance their political ambitions.
FIDA Kenya calls upon all political parties to exercise equity and fairness in the electoral process and ensure compliance with the 2/3rds gender principle enshrined in Article 27(8) of the Constitution. Specifically during the party primaries processes was call for equity and fairness as previously qualified women aspirants have been knocked out of the race unfairly.
Chairperson, FIDA Kenya
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THE ISSUANCE OF DIRECT NOMINATION TO PARTY LOYALISTS BY THE ORANGE DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT