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Kenya

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National Assembly

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Justin Muturi (Male)
Year of birth
1956

Secretary general

Secretary general
Michael Rotich Sialai (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
22 March 2017 -

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
76
See historical data for this field.
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.

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

Number of reserved seats, by group
Women
47
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.
Elections > Election results

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
1,893
Notes
1,893 candidates for 290 members elected from constituencies; 299 women for 47 women representatives elected from counties

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
273
Number of women elected
76
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
21.71%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
The Distribution of seats according to sex include the Speaker (ex officio member).

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
273
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
76
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Justin Muturi (Male)
Political party
Jubilee Party (JP)
Date of election
31.08.2017
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1963
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1969
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA)
Date of creation
01.2001
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
No
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes
Issues dealt with by the caucus
- Gender mainstreamed the 2008 and 2012 Standing Orders of Parliament; Increased representation of Women MPs in the leadership of parliamentary committees; Contributed to the Drafting of and enactment of the Prohibition of FGM/C Bill 2010 now currently the Prohibition of FGM/C Bill Act 2011; Took part in the development of the parliamentary committee on Equal opportunity strategic plan; Developed gender responsive budgeting guidelines for Parliament; Supported KEWOPA Members in moving several key private members’ bills such as the Counter Trafficking in Persons Act 2010.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
Yes