Women legislators in Kenya


Building Bridges initiative will cure the two-thirds gender rule if passed. Kenyans will vote for 94 senators in the 2022 General Election. 47 Senators and other 47 Women Senators.

In the yet to be released report, the Senate will be composed of one man and one woman elected in each of the 47 counties.

People will be electing MCAs, MPs, Women Reps, Women Senators, Senators, Governors and President.

Chief Justice David Maraga notified President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament for abandoning to implement the two-thirds gender law. The matter is pending in court.

Insiders at the Senator Yusuf Haji taskforce team say the proposed Senate composition directed towards solving the gender equating as it affects the entire Parliament, not just the National Assembly.

The BBI reportedly proposes mixed representation in the National Assembly where 290 MPs will be elected on a first-past-the-post basis.

An additional 63 seats will be allocated based on actual votes cast per county, thereby increasing National Assembly members to 353.

This means the more people will vote in an election, the higher the chances that they will get the seats allocated to their county.

“It will be based on party lists. People will be voting for parties. Those with the party that has got more votes in terms of the vote for MCAs to the President in a county will get the allocated seats. This will help us realise gender representation in Parliament,” a source said.

The composition of the Judicial Service Commission, according to the sources, is also set to change in the approved report’s recommendations on Judiciary reforms.

The county share of revenue may increase to 35 per cent of the last audited accounts of the national government.

“The document is modelled around the draft BBI report. There are likely to be some more proposals under the theme of shared prosperity,” the source said.

The draft BBI report proposed the establishment of an ethics commission operating under the Office of the President to protect new national values.

It also proposed an expanded Executive to include the post of prime minister appointed by the President from the majority party and two deputies.

The task force recommended that the President would name Cabinet ministers in consultation with the PM, drawn from Parliament and technocrats, to be ex-officio MPs.

Also in the first report was a position of Minister of State to be appointed from among MPs – but with no extra salary.

The runner-up in the presidential election was recommended to be named ex-officio MP and Leader of Official Opposition.

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