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Deadline for swearing in newly elected Governors, Senators & MPs

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By Judith Gicobi

Kenyans had the opportunity to elect leaders to fill elective sets in the elections held on Tuesday, August 9.

After being sworn in by the Judiciary, new leaders are scheduled to take over their positions.

Governors 

According to the Assumption of the Office of Governor Act, elected governors must take the oath of office on the first Thursday after the tenth day following the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) announcement of the final results.

The statute also calls for the establishment of a unique transition committee to lead the process of transferring authority in the counties.

The act stipulates that each county has a 13-person Assumption of the Office of Governor Committee.

The Act also mandates that the swearing-in ceremony take place in front of a High Court judge and in a public setting.

On Sunday, August 14, the IEBC declared the results of the 44 counties’ gubernatorial elections; only the counties of Narok, Kakamega, and Mombasa had yet to elect their new governors.

MPs

The first meeting of the members of parliament must take place within thirty days of the elections, according to the Standing Orders that guide the proceedings of Parliament.

The National Assembly’s Standing Order number 26 states that the President is responsible for determining the place and date of the first sitting, which cannot occur more than 30 days following the election.

Clause two of Article 126 also mandates that the president send out the notification of the first sitting’s date and venue within the defined time frames.

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Senators

The Senate must meet within 30 days of the elections, and the same deadlines apply to them as well.

Before delivering the oaths in accordance with the Constitution’s provisions, the clerks in both houses read the list of elected members at the start of the first sitting.

The process of choosing the Speakers for both houses is then undertaken by the newly elected members before any other business is discussed.

“A Speaker shall be elected when the Senate first meets after a General Election and before the Senate proceeds with the dispatch of any other business.”

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