The Star (Nairobi)

19 December 2012

Kenya: NGO, UN Encourage Women Pastoralists to Run for Office

UN Women consultant yesterday asked the Independent Electoral Boundary Commission to regulate the use of campaign funds during the campaign period and elections.Catherine Ndungo said many politicians are using a lot of money to get nominated by funding the process.

"We know many politicians have been spending money during this nomination exercise because some parties are strong in certain region and anyone who is nominated in the party wins in the elections," she added.Ndungo asked the IEBC to investigate the source of the funds even after the election.

She was speaking at Bomen Hotel in Isiolo during a three-day workshop for women ward representative aspirants from Isiolo, Marsabit, Moyale, Samburu and Meru.The forum was organised by Alliance of Communities in Hardship Areas project and supported by UN women to promote women participation in leadership and enhance their numbers in elective posts.

The project's officer Jattani Wako encouraged pastoralist women to vie for elective positions to increase their representation at the county and national government.

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