ERIS provides training programme for Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission

March 2012

ERIS is currently implementing a training programme for the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC),  as part of a project funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Offices (FCO)’s Human Rights and Democracy Fund.

 
The training programme started in December 2011, providing training to the trainers of 25 constituency and election co-ordinators (CECs) and five managers and secretariat staff.  The 25 CECs used these tools to during the highly controversial exercise of boundary delimitation, which was intended to mitigate tensions between communities.

              

The trainers are now rolling out training throughout the country in Eldoret, Nakuru, Kisumu, Nveri, Kakmega, Mombasa, Garissa, Machakos and Embu. This element of the process is crucial. The trainers will engage with key local stakeholders including Political Party Liaison Committees and officials from the National Steering Committee for Peace in an effort to develop a cohesive, inclusive approach to tackling issues of election-related violence.


The training, which was led by ERIS expert Clever Nyathi, is designed to develop skills and techniques that will offer alternative dispute resolution methodologies.  Adopting an approach that includes both lecture-based seminars, group-work and role-play exercises, the training has included sessions on negotiation, mediation, building dialogues, conflict analysis, early warning and the structural causes of conflict.  By providing local officials with these skills, ERIS hopes that they will be better equipped to deal with issues of violence around elections and prevent a similar scenario to the post-election violence of 2007-08.

            

A total of 210 constituency election coordinators and 17 regional election co-ordinators will be trained, as well as three managers and two secretariat staff.

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