In 2013, the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) of Kenya had to take a big challenge by holding six elections on the same day under a new constitution. There were high expectations by the people of Kenya about the performance of the election commission and the use of technology in election management. Three new technologies were tested in the general election with mixed reactions, some challenges and some failures.
With the financial support of GIZ and the political prop of the African Union, International IDEA provided technical assistance to IEBC Kenya to plan for the implementation of post electoral activities.
The BRIDGE workshops were held in Nairobi between June 24th and July 5th 2013:
-Workshop 1: June 24th – June 28th 2013 in Nairobi
-Workshop 2: July 1st – July 5th 2013 in Nairobi
The workshops were designed to help the participants achieve the following learning outcomes:
• To enhance the knowledge of participants on the following BRIDGE modules: stakeholder management, access, voter information and civic education, sustainability in elections management;
• To analyze electoral integrity in the Kenyan context;
• To evaluate the commitment of IEBC to electoral rights of Kenyan citizens.
The workshops were designed following the model of a 5-day BRIDGE training as explained in the following framework:
The facilitation teams for the two workshops consisted of:
Ibrahima Amadou Niang, International IDEA (Lead Facilitator)
Mogoria Nyongesa, IEBC
Liban A. Mohamed, IEBC
Eisha O. Mohamed, IEBC
Theophilus Dowetin, International IDEA (Lead Facilitator)
Patrick S.O. Odame, IEBC
Jacqueline Osam, IEBC
Linnah N. Kilonzi, IEBC
At the end of the workshops Linnah N. Kilonzi, Jacqueline Osiemo, Patrick Odame and Mogoria Nyongesa received their certificate of full accreditation.