Parliament schedules orientation for MPs-Elect next week
MPs elected in last week’s election will next week be taken through an orientation of Parliament ahead of the convening of the House next month.
A notice by National Assembly Clerk Serah Kioko,
Kioko informs the MPs-Elect that the orientation will be on August 25 and 26 at Parliament Buildings.
“The orientation sessions shall include registration of the Members, collection of bio-data information, issuance of parliamentary identification cards, briefing on the use of the Chamber voting system, tour of Parliament Buildings and briefings by the Office of the Clerk on essential legislative matters, among others things,” the notice states.
Kioko also says that the MPs-Elect will be informed once President Uhuru Kenyatta has gazetted the date when they will convene for the first sitting.
According to the notice, during the first sitting of the House, the Clerk of the National Assembly shall administer Oath or Affirmation of Office to Members-Elect present.
This will be followed by election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly at the same sitting.
“More information on the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker will be availed after the notification of the date of the first sitting of the House by the President,” the notice states.
After the first Sitting, the MPs will undergo induction sessions organized by the National Assembly.
Kioko also informs the MPs-Elect that they should carry with them the original National Identity Card or Passport, Kenya Revenue Authority Personal Identification Number (PIN) and the original Certificate of the Elected Member of the National Assembly issued by the IEBC Returning Officer.
They will also submit a duly filled and signed Bio-data form, and a copy of updated Curriculum Vitae.
“Please note that other additional personal documentation/information may be required to facilitate application for medical insurance cover. Members who have been re-elected are also required to submit the documentation specified here-above,” the notice states.
The notice also asks former MPs to urgently conclude any pending administrative clearances to facilitate a smooth transition of the 13th Parliament.
Some 221 MPs will not be coming back to Parliament after they lost their re-election bids while a few went for other seats.