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Singer Crystal Asige Senate nomination confirmed

By Hillary Kimuyu September 7th, 2022 1 min read

Singer Crystal Asige is among the 67 Senators set to be sworn in on Thursday.

The singer’s name was fronted by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party in July as a nominee in the persons with disability category.

And in a gazette notice by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Wednesday, the Extravaganza hit star’s name is among those approved.

The Ninajijua hitmaker, who is visually impaired, was nominated by the Raila Odinga-led party alongside Nickson Ochieng.

Asige, who hails from Mombasa County, was diagnosed with glaucoma, a condition that led to her losing her sight in her early 20s.

There are 20 nomination slots in the Senate out of which 16 slots are directly set aside for women while four are set aside for youth representatives (male and female) and persons with disability (male and female) respectively.

In the National Assembly, there are 12 nomination slots.

Political parties were required to submit their nomination lists, which would be used to top up county assembly seats, to achieve the gender equity requirement in the Constitution.

These seats are allocated to Political Parties in proportion to the total number of seats won by candidates to the political party at the General election.

On Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta gazetted September 8, 2022, as the first sitting of the 13th parliament after days of waiting.

The first business of the House on Thursday shall be the swearing-in of the MPs-elect, who will then go ahead to elect their respective Speakers.

President Kenyatta’s move is in line with Article 126 (2) of the constitution and comes after the conclusion of the August 9, 2022 general election and the gazettement of the MPs-elect in the two Houses by the IEBC.

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