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UN Women Lauds Push To Have Political Parties Comply With Two Thirds Gender Rule

UN Women has lauded efforts by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to ensure that parties comply with the two thirds gender rule in their nominations list.

A statement from the UN Women further lauded efforts of the other parties that had already complied with the two thirds gender principle following the conclusion of the party primaries.

“Representation and inclusion are key tenets of democratic governance and the UN Women welcomes the statement from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission that demonstrates its commitment to the implementation of the two thirds gender principle by ensuring that political parties are in compliant with these provisions in their lists of nominated candidates following the conclusion of party primaries,” read the statement.

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The body further reiterated its commitment towards supporting Kenya in the implementation of the two thirds gender rule.

“UN Women remains committed to supporting Kenya in the implementation of constitutional commitments to achieving gender equality and women empowerment,” the statement reads.

“Ensuring that party lists contain a constitutionally agreed threshold is an important milestone in the country’s election process and one of the first outcomes that will contribute to a fairer, inclusive and more credible process.”

UN Women is currently supporting efforts aimed at increasing women participation in leadership and decision making at all levels of governance.

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