Awaiting parties registrar

Ann Nderitu who has been the acting Registrar of Political Parties since March 2018.

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What you need to know:

  • The conclusion of the recruitment would mark the end of a long wait for the substantive office holders at ORPP.
  • The task for the successful nominees, particularly the deputising registrars, will be picking from Ms Nderitu’s milestones.

The recruitment of the top officers at the Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) is near after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s forwarded, on September 8, the names of Ann Nderitu and three others for consideration as the registrar and assistant registrars, respectively, to the National Assembly’s committee for final vetting.

This followed a rigorous recruitment process by the Public Service Commission, which advertised, shortlisted and interviewed interested candidates and submitted three nominees for the position of registrar and nine for assistant registrars as outlined in Schedule 6 of the Political Parties Act 2011.

The conclusion of the recruitment would mark the end of a long wait for the substantive office holders at ORPP with Ms Nderitu’ having been the Acting Registrar since March 2018.

The task for the successful nominees, particularly the deputising registrars, will be picking from Ms Nderitu’s milestones, including formulating and implementing the Political Parties (Registration) and Political Parties (Funding) regulations; legal and policy reforms; processing and certification of political parties; monitoring of compliance by parties; collaboratively developing and rollout of training manual for governance organs of political parties; implementing varied stakeholder engagement projects; and robust public awareness.

But bottlenecks abound in the aspiration towards instutionalising parties to their optimal realisation of the constitutional ideals, including internal governance, transfer of impactful programmes to their supporter and fidelity to ideological dispositions.

Some of these challenges are not unique to Kenya. It is, therefore, necessary for all the stakeholders to play their clearly delineated roles. In any case stakeholders in the unique political realm, just like other sectors are only different players eyeing for the same prize, which once attained we will have done the good deed for the times we live in and actualise trusteeship for responsibilities bestowed on us.


Mr Mberia is a communications practitioner. [email protected]