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Kenya Women reps unlikely to be re-elected-Transparency International Kenya

Kenya Women reps unlikely to be re-elected-Transparency International Kenya

A new report by Transparency International Kenya shows that women reps are the least likely to be re-elected in the August General Elections.

THE KENYA COUNTY GOVERNANCE STATUS REPORT 2016 shows there were low levels of awareness of roles of elected leaders among citizens as 20% reported not knowing the role of the Governor, 22% did not know the role of the Member of County assembly, 21 % did not know the role of the Member of parliament, 38% did not know the role of the Women representative and 50% did not know the role of the Senator.

Tl-Kenya conducted a research to assess the status of governance based on these indicators. Data collection was conducted between the 22nd of June and 2nd September 2016 interviews using questionnaires that were administered through face to face interviews.

The survey interviewed a total of 7,632 respondents drawn from the 47 counties. Additionally, 45 county executive officials (County secretaries. County Executive Committee members, chief of staff and chief officers) from 36 county governments and 233 officiols(Members of County Assembly, Speakers and clerks) from 46 county assemblies were also interviewed.

KEY FINDINGS

Role of elected leaders

The survey established that there were low levels of awareness of roles of elected leaders among citizens as 20% reported not knowing the role of the Governor, 22% did not know the role of the Member of County assembly, 21 % did not know the role of the Member of parliament, 38% did not know the role of the Women representative and 50% did not know the role of the Senator.

Performance of elected leaders

Citizens were asked to rate the performance of their elected leaders on a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 means very poor and 5 means very good. Senators and women’s representatives’ performance was rated as poor while that of Governors, Members of County Assembly and Members of Parliament was rated as average.

Likelihood of re-electing leaders

A majority of citizens reported that they were very unlikely /unlikely to re-elect their Women representative (72%), Senators (68%), MCAs (55%) while 49% were unlikely to re-elect their Members of Parliament and 45% who were unlikely to re-elect their Governors.

How citizens would contact their county governments

About a third of the respondents said they would personally go to the Governor’s / County offices, followed by 17% who did not know and 13% who identified National Government officials (chief, county commissioner) as one of the ways they could contact their county government. Cumulatively only 8% would contact the county government via phone call, email, website or social media accounts.

Communication channels used by county governments

The survey noted that all County Governments (Executive) had websites. Further, 32 of these websites provided a general email address and 31 provided a general phone number to reach the County Governments. Additionally, 45 County Governments had Facebook pages and 38 had twitter handles.

Citizens’ access to information

When asked if they had received/seen/heard any news from the County government, majority (58%) of the respondents had not. The 42% that reported receiving information, 35% had heard about, County projects, 24% about bursaries and other social development initiatives 14% about employment opportunities. Only 8% had heard about County budgets and 2% about taxation and land rates.

Citizen participation in meetings convened by the County Government Thirty five percent of respondents reported having knowledge of a meeting convened by the County Government with half of them reporting attendance of the meetings. Thirty six percent of the respondents that attended the meetings reported it was about a budget or a piece of legislation.

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