Kenya goes into a 3rd Common Election, almost 12 years because the residents heralded a brand new Structure that recognised inclusion of girls in political management, and offered a quota for that matter.
However even with the mark of honour, it has been an extended, brutal, disappointing, and bitter await that to change into a actuality.
From 4 failed makes an attempt to cross the gender legislation to actualise Article 27(8) which requires that no more than two-thirds of the members of an elective or appointive physique needs to be of the identical gender, to fits to power the federal government to enact the legislation, which resulted in beneficial rulings that had been by no means carried out.
A lawyer, Adrian Kamotho sought a cease to the directive arguing that the electoral fee had not undertaken any public participation earlier than issuing the discover.
Now, the ball is within the voters’ courts. Will they take it upon themselves to fulfil this provision throughout subsequent week’s election?
In 2017, IEBC cleared 1,240 girls to run for numerous elective seats together with 9 for governor, 20(senator), and 131(Girl County Representatives).
Within the August 9 election, 1,962 will likely be competing for the seats, which implies 722 extra girls are within the race.
Going by the arithmetic of likelihood, a minimum of 5 girls could be elected governors, an increase from three within the final election. The state of affairs could be the similar for senators since three girls additionally made it to the Senate chambers.
For Members of Parliament (MPs), a minimum of 36 would make it to the higher home from the 23 elected in 2017.
The County Assemblies would have a minimal of 152 elected girls, up from the 96 presently serving.
Two counties-Nakuru and Kirinyaga, draw particular consideration as a result of Susan Kihika who was the primary lady to be elected senator is vying for governor.
She can be the primary Speaker of the Nakuru County Meeting and a girl in that respect.
Her candidature reignites hope of her writing historical past as soon as once more.
In Kirinyaga, Anne Waiguru, one of many three girls elected governor in 2017, will likely be going to the polls to hunt re-election towards a fellow lady, Wangui Ngirici, whom pollsters have proven to be a powerful competitor.
Counties like Nyamira and Kisii, which have by no means elected girls MPs earlier than and which have seen girls drop out of the race citing male chauvinism, are additionally areas to observe. Will the women and men right here accept girls candidates?