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The rise in feminine governors from Tuesday’s vote is a small however important enchancment over 2017, when three girls have been elected as governors.

Nairobi, Kenya – A minimum of seven of Kenya’s 47 incoming governors are girls, in contrast with solely three within the final authorities, in response to the nation’s Impartial Electoral and Boundaries Fee (IEBC).

The outcomes of the nation’s August 9 presidential elections have but to be introduced as of Saturday afternoon, however from the 42 confirmed county outcomes, there appears to be historical past within the making.

Whereas tallying is ongoing in most constituencies throughout the nation, girls have additionally received six of the 290 seats within the incoming Nationwide Meeting thus far.

Regardless of practically half of registered voters within the nation being girls, only a few feminine leaders really maintain elective positions in Kenya.

A constitutional provision launched a “two-thirds rule” in 2010 to allow extra girls to get into management positions and tone down male dominance in politics. However that has barely had any impact till now.

Within the build-up to the elections, dozens of feminine candidates have been attacked throughout campaigns, in response to the Kenya Ladies Parliamentary Affiliation.

The rise in feminine governors from Tuesday’s vote is a small however important enchancment over 2017, when three girls have been elected as governors. There may be prone to be one other push to move the two-thirds gender invoice, analysts say.

The seven feminine governor-elects are Susan Kihika (Nakuru County), Gladys Wanga (Homabay County), Cecicly Mbarire (Embu County), Wavinya Ndeti (Machakos County), and Fatuma Achani (Kwale County), Kawira Mwangaza (Meru County) and Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga County).

Kihika was elected the primary feminine governor of Nakuru County, successful with 440,707 votes, defeating incumbent Lee Kinyanjui who received 325,623 votes. She received on the UDA ticket.

Wanga has additionally made historical past by changing into Homa Bay’s first feminine governor, whereas Mwangaza received as an impartial in Meru state.

Thus far, IEBC has additionally declared six girls who’ve received MP seats and one senator. A number of feminine members of county meeting have been additionally elected to signify wards in numerous counties nationwide.

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