County Assembly Membership
(1) Membership of a County Assembly
Article 177 (1) of the Constitution of Kenya provides that a County Assembly consists of (a) members elected by the registered voters of the wards, each ward constituting a single member constituency, on the same day as a general election of Members of Parliament, being the second Tuesday in August, in every fifth year; (b) the number of special seat members necessary to ensure that no more than two-thirds of the membership of the assembly are of the same gender; (c) the number of members of marginalised groups, including persons with disabilities and the youth, prescribed by an Act of Parliament; and (d) the Speaker, who is an ex officio member.
(2) Member of County Assembly
The roles of a Member of County Assembly include:
An applicant shall be disqualified from being elected as speaker of the county assembly, in accordance with Article 193 of the constitution if:
In the absence of the Speaker or whenever the requested, the Deputy Speaker takes the Chair and has the same powers and functions as the Speaker. The deputy Speaker is also the Chairperson of the Committee of the Whole House.
(3) County Assembly Majority Leader
The office of the Leader of Majority Party (and deputy Leader Majority) is established pursuant to Section 10 (1) of the County Governments Act No. 17 of 2012 and Standing Order number 20 (1), (2). The Leader of Majority Party is elected from amongst members from the largest party or coalition of parties and spearheads the legislative agenda of the largest party or coalition of parties in the Assembly.
(4) County Assembly Minority Leader
The Minority Leader speaks for the Minority Party and its policies, strives to protect the minority’s rights, organizes and leads criticism of the Majority Party, and devises parliamentary strategies and tactics that can put to best use the abilities of his party to influence legislative outcomes. The Minority Leader chairs his party’s Committee Assignment Panel
(5) County Assembly Majority Whip
The office of the Majority Party Whip (and Deputy Majority Party Whip) is established pursuant to Standing Order number 20 (3), (4). The Majority Party Whip is elected from amongst members from the largest party or coalition of parties and performs the functions of the office of the Leader of the Majority Party in the absence of both the Leader of the Majority Party and the Deputy Leader of the Majority Party pursuant to Standing Order number 20 (6).
(6) County Assembly Minority Whip
The office of the Minority Party Whip is established pursuant to Standing Order number 21 (3), (4). The Minority Party Whip is elected from amongst members from theleast party or coalition of parties and performs the functions of the office of the Minority Party Whip