By SAMWEL OWINO, @owino_samwel
National Assembly speaker Mr Justin Muturi on Thursday retained his seat with ease after garnering 220 votes in an exercise of which went to the second round.
inside first round of voting, Mr Muturi got 217 votes while his competitor Dr Noah Winja Migudo got only four votes. inside second round, Dr Migudo only got one vote. The third candidate Mr Washington Andango withdrew coming from the race on Wednesday evening.
According to the standing orders 7(1), for one to be elected as Speaker of the National Assembly, he/she needs to garner two-thirds of the total votes of members translating to 233 MPs.
The MPs therefore had to go for a second round of voting where only a simple majority will be required for one to be elected.
Mr Muturi was poised to retain the seat after he was endorsed by the Jubilee Party inside Parliamentary Group meeting held at State House on Wednesday.
With the ruling party enjoying a majority inside House, nobody posed a serious challenge to Muturi.
Despite a spirited last minute campaign inside corridors of parliament, Dr Migudo was unable to win the confidence of the MPs.
Dr Migudo was campaigning on the platform of being a neutral candidate who will not play to the whims of any political party. He was promising the newly elected MPs adequate facilities in Nairobi as well as constituencies.
The exercise was however given a wide berth by a majority of opposition MPs. The few who were present did not pick the ballot as well as remained in their seats when their names were called out.
“I have nothing to do here once I have been sworn in, Let me go as well as do different things,” said Ugunja MP Mr Opiyo Wandayi.
Mr Muturi thanked the newly elected MPs for expressing their confidence in him as well as promised to serve them without any preference.
Source – Nairobi News
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Muturi reelected Speaker of National Assembly