The increase in female governors from Tuesday’s vote is a small but significant improvement from 2017, when three women were elected governor.
Nairobi, Kenya – At least seven of Kenya’s 47 incoming governors are women, compared with just three in the most recent government, according to the country’s Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The results of the country’s August 9 presidential election were yet to be announced on Saturday afternoon, but from the 42-county results that have been confirmed, there seems to be history.
While the counting of votes is taking place in most constituencies across the country, women have so far won 6 out of 290 seats in the next National Assembly.
Although nearly half of the registered voters in the country are women, very few female leaders actually hold constituencies in Kenya.
A constitutional provision introduced a “two-thirds rule” in 2010 to allow more women into leadership positions and reduce male dominance in politics. But that has barely worked until now.
In the process of preparing for the election, dozens of female candidates attacked in campaignsaccording to the Kenya Parliamentary Women’s Association.
The increase in female governors from Tuesday’s vote is a small but significant improvement from 2017, when three women were elected governor. Analysts say there is likely to be another impetus to passing the gender 2/3 bill.
The seven female governors elected were Susan Kihika (Nakuru District), Gladys Wanga (Homabay District), Cecicly Mbarire (Embu District), Wavinya Ndeti (Machakos District), and Fatuma Achani (Kwale District), Kawira Mwangaza (Meru District) and Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga District).
Mwangaza gained independence in the state of Meru.
So far, IEBC has also announced six women who have won congressional seats and one senator.