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Kenya

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National Assembly

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

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
National Assembly
Structure & Status of parliament This field is to indicate lower/upper in the back end.
Lower chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1977-01
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 National Assembly
Speaker
Justin Muturi (Male)
Year of birth
1956
Term
28.03.2013
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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
Michael Rotich Sialai (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
22 March 2017 -

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.
337
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.
13
Note on the statutory number of members
Other: - 12 members nominated by political parties represented in parliament according to their proportion of members of the National Assembly to represent special interests, including youth, persons with disabilities and workers - the Speaker (ex officio member)
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
349
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
76
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
21.78% 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) Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects.
47,236
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Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
113,005 See historical data for this field.

Age

Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
HON. GATOBU BONIFACE GATOBU, M.P. (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
76
Oldest member
HON. KIMINGICHI PATRICK WANGAMATI, M.P. (Male)

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
47
Notes
12
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Article 97(1)(a) of the Constitution provides for forty-seven women, each elected by registered voters of each county constituting a single member constituency; article 97(1)(a) of the Constitution provides for twelve members nominated by parliamentary political parties according to their proportion of members of The National Assembly to represent special interests, including youth, persons with disabilities and workers; article 100 of the Constitution provides that Parliament shall enact legislation to promote the representation in Parliament of women; persons with disabilities; youth; ethnic and other minorities; and marginalized communities; article 27(8) of the Constitution provides that the State shall take legislative and other measures to implement the principle that not 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.