All set for county assembly first sittings

March 21, 2013 1:29 pm
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The sessions which will also witness the election of new county assembly speakers, is due to take place between 10am and 2pm/FILE
The sessions which will also witness the election of new county assembly speakers, is due to take place between 10am and 2pm/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 21 – The Transition Authority now says all it set for Friday’s swearing-in ceremonies of county representatives in the 47 counties across the country.

Speaking to reporters during the launch of the Guidebook on the Mandate and Procedures of County Governments in Kenya, chairman Kinuthia Wamwangi explained that judges are ready to conduct the oaths.

He further stated that programmes to ensure the events proceed smoothly have also been formulated.

“The elections are coming tomorrow for the assemblies and obviously we have already identified the things we have prepared in advance, the maces, the oath books, the appointment for judges and magistrates to supervise the elections so everything is in place,” he said.

The sessions which will also witness the election of new county assembly speakers, is due to take place between 10am and 2pm.

He indicated that interim teams are already in place to ensure a smooth transition to the county government system.

“Our interim teams are in place and we have the assumption of office committee co-chaired by the county commissioner and the county secretary. All these committees will ensure that everything runs smoothly,” he said.

After the swearing in ceremony, the first business of the day will be the election of the Speaker of the County Assembly, to head the County Legislature and will be conducted by the Interim County Assembly Clerks.

In Nairobi, 85 elected County Representatives will be sworn in by Justice Msagha Mbogholi at Charter Hall after which the county assembly speaker position which has so far attracted 36 candidates will be filled.

The deadline for the submission of nomination papers for the position of county assembly speaker expired at 10am on Wednesday morning, 48 hours before the convening of the first County Assembly due to have its first sitting on Friday.

The qualifications for the speaker according to the Constitution are the same as a member of the county assembly where there are no minimum educational qualifications.

One should however have the same qualifications as a member of the county assembly.

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