IFES to webcast Friday workshop on Kenya Diaspora voting

The live event will take place at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems headquarters in Washington from 10:00am to 2:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, November 2 (5:00pm to 9:00pm Nairobi):
A mandate of the newly appointed Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Kenya is to enable diaspora voting. With this, there is immense pressure from political parties and diaspora groups to fully enable out-of-country voting during the March 2013 elections. The IEBC has enacted a policy that will allow Kenyan voters to register and vote at 47 embassies worldwide.
 
However, this policy may not completely satisfy the demands for out-of-country voting accessibility.
 
To promote better understanding of this issue among officials and leaders of the Kenyan diaspora, IFES will broadcast a workshop via live webcast to describe the complexities surrounding the out-of-country voting process.
 
Invited experts will examine key topics, including:
  • Implementation of out-of-country voting
  • Biometric voter registration and its significance in Kenya’s elections
  • Costs and benefits of Internet voting
  • Registration and voting procedures for members of the Kenyan diaspora
Featured speakers will include:
  • Ahmed Issack Hassan, Chairman, IEBC
  • Peter Erben, Senior Global Electoral Adviser and Chief of Party in Indonesia, IFES
  • J. Alex Halderman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Michigan
Moderated by Mike Yard, Chief of Party in Kenya, IFES
 
This event will be webcast.
Here is the link for the IFES Multimedia page for the webcast.

 

“Is there a generation gap in Africa today?”–Washington event Thursday

Carl LeVan, a “friend of the blog” and African democracy specialist from American University, is leading an interesting roundtable at the Institute for Policy Studies tomorrow in Washington:

Young Voices and New Visions from Africa

Roundtable at the Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 – 16TH Street NW

12:30 – 2:00 on Thursday, October 11

In a public discussion with young bloggers, students, and activists from Africa, IPS Associate Fellow and American University Professor Carl LeVan will ask, is there a generation gap in Africa today? Please join us at the Institute for Policy Studies for a roundtable discussion on African diaspora democracy. Is the real significance of the so-called ‘youth bulge’ an emerging generation gap between citizens and leaders? How do young people confront negative stereotypes of Africa in the US, while also challenging the hard political realities back home?  This free, public dialogue will include:

·         Jumoke Balogun, a Nigerian-American blogger and public relations expert with the Service Employees International Union

·         Mame-Khady Diouf, a Senegalese intellectual from the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars

·         Kizito Byenkya, an Associate Fellow at the Open Society Institute and co-publisher of Compareafrique.com

·         Michael Appau, a Ghanaian student at Georgetown University

·         Estelle Bougna Fomeju, a Cameroonian student at Sciences Po in Paris

Click here for more information about IPS, or to view the event via Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.