Roles Of Ward Based Voter Educators In Kenya

This article focuses on the roles of ward-based voter educators in Kenya. They are among the election officials hired on a temporary basis by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Roles of Ward-Based Voter Educators

  • Monitor and evaluate voter education activities by other voter education providers in the ward.
  • Facilitate voter education activities in liaison with the local stakeholders, relevant authorities and community leaders.
  • Distribute and disseminate voter education materials in schools, churches/mosques, health centres, markets, community centres… etc.
  • Act as a link between the Returning Officer, CSOs, CBOs and the community.
  • Prepare weekly activity reports and submit to the Returning Officer.
  • Perform any other function or duties that may be assigned to him/her by the immediate supervisor.

Qualifications For Ward-Based Voter Educators

  • Minimum Diploma in Social Sciences, Education or Project Management.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in voter/ civic education, community mobilisation and social work within the ward, constituency or county applied for.
  • Must be a resident of the county assembly ward.
  • Must be able to speak the main language of communication that is used by residents of the ward.
  • Must be of high integrity and abide by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) code of conduct,
  • Must be non-partisan and with excellent understanding and knowledge of socio-cultural, economic and political dynamics of the ward.
  • Proof of having successfully conducted voter or civic education activities or informal training, with existing networks within the ward or constituency.
  • Proven report writing skills.
  • Must not be engaged in any other remunerative activity during the period of engagement.

Ward-Based Voter Educators’ Salary

Ward-based voter educators will be paid Ksh 1,000 per day.

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