IED and its role in FKF Elections
The Football Kenya Federation Electoral Board on Tuesday 1st December evening announced that the upcoming elections shall be conducted by the Institute for Education in Democracy [IED]. So what is IED and what does it stand for?
The Institute for Education in Democracy (IED) is a non-governmental organization started in 1993 and was established to promote and further Kenya’s evolving democracy. This it does by strengthening institutional mechanisms involved in the democratic process.
According to its portal, IED also enables ordinary people to readily access useful and relevant information on their rights and what role they may play in nation building, and; Fostering networking among groups involved in shaping democratic structures and processes for effective participation by all people.
The organization’s vision it to ensure a free, just and democratic society with the mission being to nurture democratic culture and principles that strengthen good governance in Kenya and Africa. IED has five programs namely Electoral Processes and Institutions of Democracy, Civic Engagement and Flames of Democracy, Research Documentation & Dissemination, Policy and Legal Reforms Administration & Finance Department.
The FKF elections however fall under the first program [Electoral Processes and Institutions of Democracy] where it has been mandated by the Electoral board to conduct the upcoming FKF National, Branch and Sub- Branch elections as an Electoral Bureau.
According to its functions, IED participates, observes, and monitors all aspects of the electoral process including drafting of electoral bills, the review, and delimitation of electoral process so as to enhance the credibility and integrity of the electoral process and environment. This it says is the cornerstone of the democratization process.
How it works
IED works close;y with the government and its various institutions as well as the civil society organisations and donors involved in the electoral process and voter education so as to keep the process as full participatory and collaborative.
It Monitors, Evaluates and ensures that Quality Performance Control (QPC) Measures are in place from where it extracts and shares with key stakeholders lessons learnt, which in turn guide future actions required to improve the process. It provides a mid-term evaluation and end-term evaluation of the programme and activities of the plan.
IED has been involved in major past national election exercises including 1992 General Elections, 1997 General Elections, 2002 General Elections, 2005 Referendum on Draft Constitution and the 2007 General Elections.
The all-inclusive 2011 elections that took place in 66 polling stations across the country and 4,822 delegates from 18 Branches taking part was run by the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) which has since changed to IEBC.
With this explainsed, it is now eyes on the FKF Elections to see if the process will meet the transparency threshold that IED stands for as an institution. The elections are set to kick off on Friday 4 December from the Sub Branches and culminate in a national exercise on 14 December.