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Kenya beats UK to top global position

Kenya, through the stewardship of President Uhuru Kenyatta, has triumphed over other countries and managed to scoop herself a leadership position at the Open Government Partnership (OGP). The nation was among the three (Italy, Canada) who managed to get leadership positions governing 78 countries. The leadership period is for three years before OGP can hold another election.

The election process disqualified the UK due to the regional balance issue. This automatically meant that Kenya and Canada would have positions regardless of election results.

The UK and Italy had to battle it out so that one country can represent the European region.

“However, given that there would be a single vacant seat for the European region, only one of the two European candidates (Italy and UK)  would be selected as determined by the highest points received,” the organization’s website read.

Sanjay Pradhan, OGP’s CEO, warmly welcomed Kenya and the other leaders into their new positions.

“We warmly welcome these governments joining the Steering Committee at a time when democracy was already facing its greatest threat and now amidst the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic. The leadership role of our Steering Committee is critical to bringing together governments, civil society, and other stakeholders to ensure open and effective response and recovery that builds citizen trust and reinvigorates democracy post-COVID-19.”

Kenya’s role

OGP has tasked Kenya with developing, promoting, and safeguarding the values, interests, and principles of OGP. Kenya is under Argentina while fulfilling her roles.

“The Government of Argentina congratulates Canada, Italy, and Kenya on their election as government members of the Steering Committee. We look forward to working together to leverage our leadership role to shape and deliver on OGP’s ambitious vision to build more transparent, inclusive, and participatory governments,” Gazzo Huck, the Undersecretary of Open Government and Digital Nation of Argentina said.

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