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One of the key factors for steady growth of a democratic culture is conducting a credible election process periodically,

in which even election losers magnanimously concede to an unfavorable outcome because the process is considered free, fair and transparent.The mission of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC); "to conduct free and fair elections and to institutionalize a sustainable electoral process," precisely captures this important role in growing Kenya’s democratic culture.
While elections are periodically held with genuine attempts to ensure the credibility of the process, Kenya’s general elections experiences have painted a different picture in reality.  The question that lingers on the minds of many Kenyans is what could be the missing ingredient in our desire to be relieved from the ailments resulting from flawed political campaigns and elections processes? As established by a high level delegation of political parties’ members to Denmark on a weeklong study trip, the answer to the question is trust.
This is one aspect that made a special impression on the delegation.  The Danish society placed a high premium on organization that results from the creation of trust.  The Kenyan political leaders were surprised to learn that there was not such a thing as an electoral management body in Denmark. Asking the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Bertel Haarder who hosted them at the Danish parliament on how it was possible to conduct an election without an independent electoral management body, his answer was: Trust, trust and trust.


At another interesting meeting at the City Hall of Copenhagen, Carsten Haurum,(Above picture) CEO, the Culture and Leisure Administration, Municipality of Copenhagen also spoke about how the City is working with management by trust even encouraging employees to make mistakes. This, he said was to promote innovation.
The Kenya delegation was Denmark 30th May-7th June on a study trip on ‘issue based politics’ under the ongoing cooperation between CMD-Kenya with Danish Liberal Democracy Programme (DLDP) of the Liberal Party of Denmark.  DLDP and CMD are working together in a project aiming at empowering the political parties to develop and communicate policies. The intention is to make it easier for the voters to tell the difference between the political parties and support them based on what they are saying rather than mobilizing support along ethnic lines.
While in Denmark the delegation also participated in an international conference on Women and Politics in 100 years in Denmark. Prior to the conference, the delegation was exposed to various aspects of the society and political life in Denmark.  The delegation consisted of Omingo Magara (CMD-Kenya Board chairperson), Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka (Party Leader-WIPER), Hon. Martha Karua (Party Leader-NARC Kenya), Leah Ntimama (URP Deputy Secretary General)  and David Oyolo (UDF).
 

The delegation consisted of Omingo Magara (CMD-Kenya Board chairperson), Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka (Party Leader-WIPER),Hon. Martha Karua (Party Leader-NARC Kenya), Leah Ntimama (URP Deputy Secretary General)  and David Oyolo (UDF).

 

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