NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 17 – Kenyan citizens interested in filling Kenya’s five slots at the East African Legislative Assembly have until next week Thursday to submit their applications to Parliament.
National Assembly Clerk Michael Sialai and Senate Clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye who are the Presiding Officers for the exercise have asked party leaders to submit documents for candidates they intend to nominate to the regional assembly.
“A person seeking to be nominated for election by a political party shall submit his or her application together with certified copies of certificates and testimonials, indicating the political party whose nomination the applicant seeks, to the Presiding Officers,” the House Clerks said in a joint statement.
Candidates who were being considered for the position after being interviewed in May are also expected to apply afresh,
Those who desire to serve in the EALA as independent candidates will also be submitting their nomination papers on the same day at County Hall’s mini chamber.
According to EALA Nomination Regulations, the Jubilee Party will get six slots of the nine available slots because it has more members elected to the 12th Parliament.
Kenya’s failure to give her nominees has stalled operation in the regional Assembly after Jubilee turned down the list of four presented by NASA, saying the rules required that they bring 12 names from where the House approves three.
EALA was to kick off business on June 4 after the swearing-in of members states from the other five members counties because a of a rule in Bloc’s treaty which requires all member states to have at least three of their representatives in the EALA for business can begin.
Suna East MP and ODM’s Director of Elections Junet Mohammed insisted the NASA Coalition will submit the names of former Bondo MP Oburu Odinga and the former Vice-President’s son Kennedy Musyoka.
“We will give one slot to Dr Oburu another one to the Vice President’s son. It’s good to be forthright, we don’t want to hide. Those two people will have to get their slots as they were in the last Parliament.”
Jubilee Party is expected to jungle between different regions as it considers nominees to fill their slots.
Notable nominees from Jubilee Party who had been interviewed for the slots include former Interior PS Mutea Iringo, former Clerk of the National Assembly Justin Bundi, EALA member Abubakar Ogle, former Kamukunji MP Simon Mbugua and former Mandera North MP Mohammed Adan Nooru.