The Nairobi County Assembly speaker seat has attracted nine candidates who have returned their nominations to the office of the clerk.
In an interview with Ghetto Radio News Nairobi County Assembly Clerk Edward Gichana says the assembly constituted a committee that will sit for shortlisting exercise before presenting names of qualified candidates to members.
The Deputy Speaker position on the other has attracted three candidates Paul Kados who has been fronted by Azimio la Umoja Coalition, Hashim Kamau of Kenya Kwanza and Samora Mwaura.
“As indicated we have candidates who have returned their nomination papers and that’s Kennedy Ng’ondi, Benson Mutura, Amimo Austine, Ooko Okello, Arthur Ngugi, Hassan Mohammed, Charles Kioo, Brian Mutie and Masaki Samuel. Then we have three candidates who have also returned their nomination papers namely, Paul Kados, Hashim Kamau and Samora Mwaura. Those three are honourable members the law allows that for the position of deputy speaker it must come from members themselves,” Gichana said.
“The standing order number seven requires that election of the speaker is by secret ballot so that’s the procedure we are going to follow strictly and ensure that everything is done lawfully,” he added.
Members will be sworn in first then they will conduct speaker and deputy speaker elections immediately after they have taken oath of office.
Gichana has however, assured the members and all candidates that the election exercise for speaker and deputy speaker positions will be free and fair.
By Allan Otieno