Promote participation of youth and women in democratic processes and provide them with a criteria for identifying quality leaders during elections
- Voter education
- Facilitate social vetting
- Performance monitoring Political party democracy
This program is important to our work because we operate in a democratic country where citizens constitutionally hold sovereign power. They delegate that power to elected representatives through an elaborate election process. As such, we believe that if citizens are well aware of the power they hold and have an understanding on how proper application of that power can translate to improvements in their quality of life, they can make better decisions during elections. The expected outcome of this program is quality political leadership where elected leaders are responsive to citizen needs as envisioned Chapter 6 of the CoK. To contribute to this outcome, CTL will design and implement interventions around four key components namely:
Voter education: Under this component, we will educate citizens on legal provisions that guide elections including the Political Parties Act, 2012, and Elections Act, 2012. Specifically, voter education interventions will be structured to increase citizen awareness on importance of participating in elections, electoral cycle, elective positions and corresponding roles, the voting process, qualities of good leadership, and electoral offenses.
Social vetting: Under this component, we will help citizens to exercise sovereign power and use provisions of Chapter 6 in the CoK to identify good leaders. As such, we will build the capacity of citizens to use social vetting as a tool for determining the suitability of aspirants to hold elective positions. We will work with citizens to design social vetting tools and support them to form social vetting committees. We will facilitate the vetting committees to collect information about aspiring candidates, analyze it, and disseminate the outcomes to citizens. The citizens will use the information shared to elect leaders based on their leadership capabilities. The process will also grant aspirants an opportunity to respond to issues raised by citizens.
Political party democracy: Under this component, we will advocate for the inclusion of youth and women in political party structures. We will also work with political party structures and other stakeholders to promote citizen participation in political parties and fairness in party nominations at county levels.
Performance monitoring: Under this component, we will build the capacity of citizens to monitor the performance of their elected officials on three main issues i) Delivery of commitments made in their manifestos ii) Quality of representation iii) Participation in legislative debates