Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to deliver Post-Election Seminar to help embed good governance in Kenya 

Following the elections in 2017 in Kenya, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) will hold a jointly-organised Post-Election Seminar with the National Assembly of Kenya to help newly elected Members of Parliament strengthen their knowledge of parliamentary practice and procedure in Mombasa, Kenya, from 4 to 8 March 2018.

The CPA Post-Election Seminar will focus on the theme of ‘Sharing our experiences to enhance good governance and continually safeguard the welfare of the nation’ to enable recently elected Parliamentarians gain a broader understanding of the principles of parliamentary democracy and strengthen their skillsets. Kenya is one of the largest legislatures in the CPA’s membership. Over 300 delegates including current and newly elected Members of the National Assembly of Kenya, will participate in the Seminar, which will be opened by Hon. Justin B. N. Muturi, MP, Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya. It provides the participating Members an excellent opportunity to learn about parliamentary practice and procedure and to gain a better understanding of the parliamentary systems and democratic processes in other Commonwealth jurisdictions. 

The CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan, will address the opening of the CPA Post-Election Seminar. In speaking about the importance of the Seminar, he said: ““Elections as a demonstration of democracy have the potential to bring a tremendous diversity of backgrounds to our Commonwealth Parliaments. This necessitates the need for Members to receive induction and development to enable them to get to grips with discharging their representative and constitutional functions. The next few days will provide an excellent opportunity and a forum for Members of the Kenya National Assembly to engage with their colleagues from across the Commonwealth and to learn from their experiences and practices. The CPA Post-Election Seminars are of immense value for helping to nurture Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth.”  

The newly elected and current Members of the Parliament of Kenya will also hear from a range of experts from across the Commonwealth at the CPA Post-Election Seminar, including: Hon. Alexandra Mendès, MP, CPA Vice-Chairperson and Member of the  Federal Parliament of Canada; Rt Hon. Dr Patrick Matibini, MP, Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia; Senator Lucy Gichuhi, Federal Parliament of Australia; Mr Tom Duncan, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory and CPA Australia Regional Secretary; Mr Jerry Hartz, Director of Government Relations at the National Democratic Institute; and Members and officials from Kenya.


Posted: Friday 2 March 2018.


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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), now in its 107th year with HM The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth as its Patron, exists to develop, promote and support Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. Parliaments, their Members and officials learn from each other through CPA activities: Annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences, Regional Conferences and other symposiums; Interparliamentary visits; Parliamentary Seminars and Workshops; Publications including The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments; and the Parliamentary Information and Reference Centre. 

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