Kenya

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Parliament of Kenya
Chamber name
Senate (Senate)
Structure & Status of parliament This field is to indicate lower/upper in the back end.
Upper chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1977
IPU Geopolitical Group/s IPU Geopolitical Groups: African Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), Twelve Plus Group.
African Group

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
Speaker of the Senate
Speaker
Amason Jeffah Kingi (Male)
Year of birth
1973
Term
08.09.2022
Additional information
Elected on 8 Sep. 2022.
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Secretary General

Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Clerk
Secretary General
Jeremiah M. Nyegenye (Male)

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected members Directly elected by citizens.
47
Other members For example, ex-officio members of parliament, such as Cabinet members, members of the royal family, Attorney General, Speaker if appointed from outside parliament.
21
Note on the statutory number of members
Other:
- 16 women members nominated by political parties according to their proportion of members in the Senate
- 2 members (one man and one woman) representing youth (aged between 18 and 34 years old)
- 2 members (one man and one woman) representing persons with disabilities
- The Speaker (ex officio member)
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Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
66
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Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
45
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
21
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
31.82% See historical data for this field.
Statutory number of members per country As defined in the constitution or other fundamental laws. Combines the number of parliamentarians in both chambers in bicameral parliaments.
418 See historical data for this field.
Population (in thousands)
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Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

Average age of all members
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Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups Reserved seats are a means to ensure the parliamentary representation of certain groups in society.

Number of reserved seats, by group

Women
16
Youth
2
Persons with disabilities
2
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
The Constitution provides that the State shall take legislative and other measures to implement the principle that no more than two thirds of the members of elective or appointive bodies shall be of the same gender.
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.
Notes
Reserved seat. The Constitution reserves two seats in the Senate for persons, each of either gender, representing youth under 35 years of age.