IFES has a long working history in Kenya. Between 1992 and 2002, IFES conducted four electoral assessment missions for three national election cycles. In 2010, IFES provided technical support to the interim Independent Election Commission on the implementation of an electronic results transmission system, which resulted in a timely, transparent release of constitutional referendum and by-election results. In August 2010, Kenya adopted a new constitution, which included the establishment of a new independent election management body, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Since 2011, IFES has provided technical assistance to the IEBC in the areas of voter registration, results transmission, oversight of political parties, civic education, and dispute resolution to facilitate the IEBC’s role in conducting transparent, credible and violence-free elections.
IFES is currently working to enhance the professionalism, independence and efficiency of the IEBC and other key institutions involved in electoral administration and elections-related dispute resolution. In collaboration with the IEBC and civil society organizations, IFES also supports citizen engagement through targeted voter registration and voter education campaigns. IFES promotes dialogue and consensus-building by providing an alternative narrative to violence, facilitating greater cohesion, and enhancing conflict early-warning/early response at the national and county levels. Moreover, IFES is supporting the IEBC to further the participation and empowerment of women, youth, and persons with disabilities in the electoral process through access to voter information, civic education in schools, and sustainable election technology.