The National Dialogue on Political Parties’ Internal Democracy was jointly organized by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) and the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD-Kenya).
The central theme of the dialogue is gender in political parties’ intra-party democratic processes, internal systems and practices. The Dialogue aims to be a platform for collective reflection and consensus-building by key political stakeholders on parties’ internal procedures for nominating candidates in Kenya. The idea is to foster compliance with the constitutional provision that not more than two-thirds of the members of any elected or appointed body shall be of the same gender. The aim of the meeting was to enable its participants to:
- Analyse intra-party democracy processes and systems to identify the gender-based impediments to accessing elected positions of power and decision-making at all levels in Kenya;
- Assess the state of regulatory frameworks to increase the nomination of women candidates and devise measures/mechanisms for monitoring political parties’ nomination processes; and
- Define the key elements that will be required in political parties’ strategies to achieve gender equality in candidate nomination in Kenya.
Session 1: Opening session
Session 2: Comparative analysis of political parties through a gender lens
Session 3: Contextual analysis and overview of the implementation of the constitutional principle on gender parity in elections and politics
Addendum to Session 3: Assessment of the electoral framework
Session 4: Political parties’ internal processes and practices
Day 2: Recap