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Why MPs-elect have to carry their CVs on 2-day Parliament orientation

Members of Parliament elected in last week’s election will next week be taken through a two-day orientation of Parliament ahead of the convening of the House next month.

In a statement by the National Assembly Acting Clerk Serah Kioko, the orientation will be conducted in the morning and afternoon between 9 am and 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm and 5 pm on August 25 and 26 at Parliament Buildings.

“The orientation sessions shall include registration of the Members, collection of bio-data information, issuance of parliamentary identification cards, briefing on the use of the Chamber voting system, a tour of Parliament Buildings and briefings by the Office of the Clerk on essential legislative matters, among others things,” the notice states.

The MPs-Elect will be required to carry with them the original National Identity Card or Passport, Kenya Revenue Authority Personal Identification Number (PIN) and the original Certificate of the Elected Member of the National Assembly issued by the IEBC Returning Officer.

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They will also submit a duly filled and signed Bio-data form, and a copy of updated Curriculum Vitae.

“Please note that other additional personal documentation/information may be required to facilitate application for medical insurance cover. Members who have been re-elected are also required to submit the documentation specified here-above,” the notice states.

During the orientation sessions, the members-elect will also be briefed on, among other things, the services and facilities available for them.

“The members-elect will also be facilitated to register for various services and facilities available including medical insurance and other related services, facilities, and benefits.

“To this end, all members-elect including members who have been re-elected are encouraged to attend the orientation sessions,” Said Ms Kioko.

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“During the first sitting of the House, the Clerk of the National Assembly shall administer Oath or Affirmation of Office to members-elect present per Article 74 of the Constitution and Standing Orders 3 of the National Assembly Standing Orders.

“This will be followed by the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly at the same sitting. More information on the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker will be availed after the notification of the date of the first sitting of the House by H.E. the President.”

Some 221 MPs will not be coming back to Parliament after they lost their re-election bids while a few went for other seats.

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