, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 7 – The Senate has unanimously adopted the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee report on membership to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) paving way for elections next week on Thursday.
Tabling the report on the floor of the House Thursday, Deputy Majority Leader Fatuma Dullo confirmed that two candidates out of the 27 nominees were knocked out of the race for failure to comply with the regulations that applicants interested for the EALA jobs should neither be State officers or public officers.
Jubilee nominee Julie Njeri and National Super Alliance nominee Winfred Mutua were disqualified after the committee established that the latter was a member of the Machakos County and the former was still a public officer employed by the Kenya Youth Enterprise Fund.
While supporting the report, Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen said that there was urgent need for the House to review the nomination and election regulations of the Arusha-based regional assembly so that Kenya cannot again find itself in a precarious situation where it is forced to delay the submission of its nine members to the assembly.
“Kenya is the only partner State that is holding the East African Parliament from proceeding in the manner in which it should because of the election timeliness and something needs to be done in the next elections of 2022 so that the delays cannot be witnessed again,” said Murkomen.
Busia Senator Amos Wako, Mandera Senator Maalim Mohammed, Kisii Senator Sam Ongeri who also supported the report shared similar sentiments with Murkomen and called for speedy resolutions that could prevent future delays.
“As a country we have disastrously failed to honour our obligations by June 2017, albeit however late it may be it is important that we act with speed and be able to do the elections speedily as it has been proposed so that EALA can be up and running,” said Ongeri.
The committee also dropped the names of Cheruiyot Tamogei, Hellen Makone, Billy Baltazar and Humphrey Njuguna, who submitted their applications as independent candidates as they did not have the support of at least 1,000 signatures of registered voters as per the elections law.
Each of the six member States of the East African Community (EAC) is required to send nine representatives to the regional assembly according to EALA Elections Act of 2011.
Kenya is the only country that is yet to submit its list of nine members.
Out of the nine candidates who will represent Kenya, five of those chosen will be from the Jubilee Party and four from NASA.