Qualification of Speakers of the House and Senate in Kenya 2022

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Qualification of Speakers of the House and Senate in Kenya 2022

By Lynnet Okumu / Posted on September 7, 2022 | 10:22

KEY POINTS

The 349 members of the National Assembly and the 67 senators will meet for the first session of the 13th legislature from 7e September 2022 and should elect their respective presidents after being sworn in.

KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER

The other candidates for Senate President are former senator nominee Isaac Mwaura, Isaac Aluoch Oudo, Jared Oluoch, George Bush, Marara Rodgers, Beatrice Kathuri Kinyua, Dorothy Nyangáu, Josphat Lushoma Mutua, halake Didda, Joshua Kipkemoi Boit, Fredrick Thangeta , Meshack Momanyi Ombaka .

As stipulated in the Constitution of Kenya, there shall be a Speaker for each House of Parliament, who shall be elected by that House in accordance with the Rules of Procedure, from among persons who are qualified to be elected as Members of Parliament but who are not such members.

The law also stipulates that there shall be a vice-president for each Chamber of Parliament, who shall be elected by that Chamber in accordance with the Rules of Procedure, from among the members of that Chamber.

The position of president or vice-president usually becomes vacant under various circumstances. In this case, a new House of Parliament will meet for the first time after August 9e election.

So far, the post of President of the two chambers has attracted more than 40 Kenyans. About 22 candidates collected nomination papers for the seat of the Speaker of the National Assembly while 17 chose papers for the Senate seat.

The 349 members of the National Assembly and the 67 senators will meet for the first session of the 13th legislature from 7e September 2022 and should elect their respective presidents after being sworn in.

Most of the aspirants to the top jobs in the House are people who ran unsuccessfully for parliamentary seats in the August 9 general election.

Among the main contenders are Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, former President Kenneth Marende and Senator Bungoma Moses Wetangula.

In the Senate, former Mombasa senator Hassan Omar, who lost the governorship contest in the just-concluded elections, will face former Kilifi governor Amason Kingi.

The other candidates for Senate President are former senator nominee Isaac Mwaura, Isaac Aluoch Oudo, Jared Oluoch, George Bush, Marara Rodgers, Beatrice Kathuri Kinyua, Dorothy Nyangáu, Josphat Lushoma Mutua, halake Didda, Joshua Kipkemoi Boit, Fredrick Thangeta , Meshack Momanyi Ombaka

Terms

  1. It is necessary to gather two thirds or 233 of the 349 members of the National Assembly and 45 of the 67 senators to be elected president.
  2. If none reach the threshold, whoever obtains a simple majority in the second round wins.
  3. The Standing Orders require that the signatures of at least 20 Members be obtained in support of their candidacy.
  4. Provide a letter from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) stating that the candidate is qualified to be elected as an MP and that the candidate is not such a member.
  5. Candidates are also required to provide Parliament with their training and certificate along with other relevant supporting documents in accordance with Article 99(2) of the Constitution.

Other circumstances in which the office of President or Alternate may become vacant include,

  • If the incumbent, as a member of the relevant House, vacates his or her office under Rule 103;
  • If the House concerned so decides by a resolution supported by the votes of at least two-thirds of its members; Where
  • If the incumbent resigns from office by letter addressed to the competent Chamber

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