Canada Kenya: Historical breakthrough of women in the elections of August 9

15:50  16 august  2022
15:50  16 august  2022 Source:   marianne.net

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Anne Waiguru (g) en campagne le 27 juillet 2022 dans le comté de Kirinyaga, où elle a été réélue gouverneur le 9 août © Tony Karumba Anne Waiguru (G) in campaign on July 27, 2022 in the county of Kirinyaga, where she was re -elected governor on August 9 A historic breakthrough during the August 9 elections, notably winning 26 seats of deputies synonymous with an additional step towards parity. The campaign had already been atypical with a record number of candidates, three of whom appearing as a running mate of the four contenders for the presidency.

Last Tuesday, 22.1 million voters had to choose their new president, as well as 290 deputies, 47 senators, 47 county governors and 1,450 members of the counties.

Among the 16,100 candidates, the Kenyans elected 26 deputies, against 23 in 2017, seven governors, against three in 2017, and three senators.

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The women won the victory in the politically influential counties of Kirinyaga and Machakos as well as Meru, where the former representative of women Kawira Mwangaza presented himself as an independent and beat her male competitors.

In the city of Nakuru, in the Rift Valley, women won eight positions including one from governor and senator.

"Now, sit down and look at what women can do when they are in office," said Tabitha Karanja, businesswoman second biggest brewery in Kenya (Keroche Breweries Ltd) and freshly elected Senator under the label of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) of William Ruto.

Since the election of the first woman in Parliament in 1969, the political landscape in Kenya has remained mainly male and the application of parity.

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The 2010 Constitution requires a balance of two thirds/a third between men and women in Parliament. But the two chambers, dominated by men, have never voted in this sense, despite courts to force their hand.

The number of elected women had already progressed in 2017, reaching around 20% of the National Assembly. Kenya remains far from some of its neighbors, such as Rwanda, in terms of parity.

The political journey of the Kenyanas is often strewn with pitfalls and that of the 2022 candidates was no exception.

The campaign "has been marred by violence aimed at women" despite the government's warnings and promises to tackle the problem, according to the International Human Rights Federation and the NGO Human Rights Commission of the Kenya.

Des électrices masaï font la queue dans un bureau de vote de Kilgoris, dans l'ouest du Kenya, le 9 août 2022 © Yasuyoshi Chiba of the Masai electricity lining up in a polling station in Kilgoris, in western Kenya, on August 9, 2022 however "the emergence of more candidates of women confirms that these primitive tactics no longer work As well as in the past, "noted in his editorial of August 5 the influential daily Kenyan Daily Nation. Str-Al/JHD

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