NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 22 – The Independent and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says it will publish the full list of elected Members of the National Assembly and Members of County Assembly on Wednesday.
The poll agency will publish the names of the MPs minus that of Kitutu Chache South, following the death of the Jubilee candidate two weeks to the General Election held on August 8 which led to postponement of the poll there.
The Commission last Friday published the final results and names of the 47 Governors, Woman Representatives and Senators alongside the name of Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah who was elected unopposed.
The Constitution provides that whenever a new House is elected, the President, by notice in the Kenya Gazette, shall appoint the place and date for the first sitting, which shall not be more than 30 days.
The gazettement and expected first sitting of the 12th Parliament comes even as women lobby groups moved to the High Court seeking to bar MPs from being sworn-in as unconstitutional.
The lobby groups led by the Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya (FIDA- Kenya), Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) and Community Advocacy and Awareness Trust (CRAWN) want the IEBC stopped from presenting a list of elected Members of both the National Assembly and Senate for swearing-in, unless they meet the two-thirds gender threshold.
Out of the 290 elective positions for the National Assembly, only 23 women were elected while the Senate has only three women elected out of 47.
The lobby groups argue that the total does not reach 117 members required to reach the gender threshold.
The matter will be heard on September 20.
Parliament on its part wants the High Court to reject a case claiming it is not possible to have the Gender Rule legislation enacted unless MPs are sworn in and allowed to carry out their constitutional mandate.
According to the Constitution, IEBC has to gazette the names of all the elected members before they are sworn-in.
The MPs are then required to take an Oath of Office before they proceed to elect the Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
In an advertisement appearing in Monday’s newspapers, National Assembly Clerk Michael Sialai said traditionally, the date of the first sitting of any Parliament after a General Election is usually determined by the President.
“Pursuant to the provisions of Article 126(2) of the Constitution, the date for the first sitting of the new House is appointed by the President and should not be more than thirty days after the election, that is not later than 7th September, 2017,” explained Sialai.