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CONTENTS
PRAYER ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 9
OMBI …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 10
PART I – INTRODUCTORY …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 11
In cases not provided for, the Speaker to decide …………………………………………………………………………. 11
Interpretation……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 11
PART II – SWEARING-IN OF MEMBERS AND ELECTION OF SPEAKER ……………………………………………………………. 13
Proceedings on assembly of a new Assembly ………………………………………………………………………………. 13
Vacancy in the Office of Speaker ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 14
Nomination of candidates ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 14
Secret ballot ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 15
Election threshold ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 16
Withdrawal of candidate ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 16
Equality of votes ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 16
Custody of ballot papers …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 16
Single duly nominated candidate ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 16
Notification of opening of the Assembly …………………………………………………………………………………….. 17
PART III – DEPUTY SPEAKER AND CHAIRPERSONS PANEL…………………………………………………………………………. 17
PART IV – THE LEADER OF THE MAJORITY PARTY AND THE LEADER OF THE MINORITY PARTY ……………………….. 19
PART V- WHIP OF MAJORITY PARTY AND WHIP OF MINORITY PARTY ……………………………………………………….. 20
PART VI – ADDRESS BY GOVERNOR, SENATOR AND VISITING DIGNITARY ………………………………………………….. 21
Governor’s address on opening of new Assembly ………………………………………………………………………… 21
Governor’s address on special sitting …………………………………………………………………………………………. 21
Governor entering or leaving the Chamber ………………………………………………………………………………… 21
Governor’s address to Assembly …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 21
Address by the Senator or Visiting dignitary ………………………………………………………………………………. 22
PART VII – CALENDAR, SITTINGS AND ADJOURNMENTS OF THE ASSEMBLY ………………………………………………… 22
Regular Sessions of the Assembly ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 22
Calendar of the Assembly …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 22
PART VIII – QUORUM OF THE ASSEMBLY ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 25
Quorum at commencement of the Assembly ………………………………………………………………………………. 25
Quorum during the proceeding of the Assembly ………………………………………………………………………… 25
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Quorum during voting or division………………………………………………………………………………………………. 25
Decorum when quorum not present …………………………………………………………………………………………… 25
PART IX – ORDER OF BUSINESS …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 26
Order Paper to be prepared and circulated …………………………………………………………………………………. 26
PART X – MESSAGES …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 26
Messages to and from the Senate ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 26
Messages from the Governor and the Senator ……………………………………………………………………………. 27
PART XI – STATEMENTS …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 27
Members’ general statements …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 27
Statement Hour…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 28
PART XII – APPROVAL OF PUBLIC APPOINTMENTS………………………………………………………………………………….. 29
Committal to committees …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 29
PART XIII – MOTIONS ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 29
Notices of Motions …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 29
PART XIV- PROCEDURE FOR REMOVAL FROM STATE OFFICE ……………………………………………………………………. 33
Procedure for removal of the Speaker ………………………………………………………………………………………… 33
Procedure for removal of Deputy Speaker ………………………………………………………………………………….. 33
Procedure for removal of Deputy Governor ………………………………………………………………………………… 34
Procedure for removal of Member of County Executive Committee ……………………………………………. 34
Right to be heard ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 36
Priority of Motion ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 36
PART XV – VOTING AND DIVISIONS ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 36
Voting in the Assembly ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 36
Roll call Division claimed …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 37
Roll call voting…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 37
In case of confusion or error ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 37
Errors corrected ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 37
Decorum during division ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 37
PART XVI – RULES OF DEBATE ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 38
Proceedings to be in Kiswahili, English or Kenyan Sign Language ……………………………………………… 38
Members to address the Speaker ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 38
Two or more Members requesting to speak ………………………………………………………………………………… 38
Speeches may not be read …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 38
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No Member to speak after Question put …………………………………………………………………………………….. 38
Speaking twice to a Question ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 38
Points of Order ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 39
Anticipating debate …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 39
Proceedings of Select Committees not to be referred to ……………………………………………………………… 39
Contents of speeches …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 39
Retraction and Apologies …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 40
Matters sub judice or secret ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 40
Declaration of interest ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 41
Responsibility for statement of fact……………………………………………………………………………………………. 41
Member who has spoken to question may speak to amendment ………………………………………………… 41
Debate on amendment confined to amendment …………………………………………………………………………. 41
Reserving rights of speech ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 41
Closure of debate ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 42
Adjournment of debate ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 42
PART XVII – LIMITATION OF DEBATE …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 42
Limitation of debate ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 42
PART XVIII- ORDER IN THE ASSEMBLY AND IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ASSEMBLY ……………………………….. 43
Maintenance of order ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 43
Security checks ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 43
Firearms and other offensive weapons ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 43
When the Speaker rises Members to be silent …………………………………………………………………………….. 43
Members and the Chair ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 43
Members to be seated ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 43
Members to remain in their places until the Speaker has left the Chamber ……………………………….. 43
Irrelevance or repetition …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 43
Grossly disorderly conduct …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 44
Member may be suspended after being named …………………………………………………………………………… 44
Member suspended to withdraw from precincts of Assembly ……………………………………………………… 45
Duration of suspension of a Member ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 45
Action to be taken on refusal to withdraw ………………………………………………………………………………….. 45
Grave disorder in the Assembly…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 45
PART XIX- PUBLICBILLS………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 46
Application and limitation …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 46
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Introduction of Bills ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 46
Printing of amending provisions ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 47
Enacting formula ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 47
Memorandum of Objects and Reasons ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 47
Provisions on delegated powers ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 47
Publication ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 47
Not more than one stage of a Bill to be taken at the same sitting ………………………………………………. 48
Reading of Bills ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 48
First Reading of Bills………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 48
Committal of Bills to Committees and public participation ……………………………………………………….. 48
Second Reading …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 49
Committal of Bills to Committee of the whole Assembly ……………………………………………………………. 49
Sequence to be observed on a Bill in Committee …………………………………………………………………………. 49
Procedure in Committee of the whole Assembly on a Bill ……………………………………………………………. 49
Report of Progress …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 51
Bill to be reported ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 51
Procedure on Bills reported from Committee of the whole Assembly …………………………………………. 51
Procedure on Bills reported from Select Committees …………………………………………………………………. 52
Procedure upon the re-committal of a Bill ………………………………………………………………………………….. 52
Third Reading ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 52
Withdrawal of Bills ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 52
Re-introduction of Bills ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 53
Custody of Bills ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 54
PART XX – PRIVATE BILLS ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 54
Application of public Bill procedure……………………………………………………………………………………………. 54
Saving clause …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 54
Private Bill affecting private rights …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 54
Petition for leave ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 54
Security for cost of printing ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 54
Bills authorizing the construction of work …………………………………………………………………………………. 55
First Reading ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 55
Right of audience before Committee on opposed Bill …………………………………………………………………. 55
How Bills may be opposed………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 55
Printing expenses ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 55
PART XXI – COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ASSEMBLY ………………………………………………………………………………… 56
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Limits on consideration of matters by Committee ……………………………………………………………………… 56
Committee of the whole Assembly may not adjourn …………………………………………………………………… 56
Report ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 56
No debate on Motion for Report …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 56
General application of rules in Committee …………………………………………………………………………………. 56
PART XXII – SELECT COMMITTEES …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 56
House Business Committee ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 56
General Provisions …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 57
Nomination of members of select committees ……………………………………………………………………………. 57
Criteria for nomination ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 58
Approval of nomination ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 58
Discharge of a member from a committee ………………………………………………………………………………….. 58
Composition of select committees ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 59
Chairing of select committees and quorum ………………………………………………………………………………… 59
Conduct of election ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 59
Notice of meetings …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 59
Sittings of select committees ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 59
Sub-committees of select committees ………………………………………………………………………………………… 59
Adjournment for lack of quorum ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 60
Frequency of meetings ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 60
Failure to attend meetings …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 60
Absence of chairperson and vice-chairperson …………………………………………………………………………….. 60
List of attendance ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 60
Minutes of select committees …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 61
Powers and privileges of committees ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 61
Temporary absence of a member of a select committee ……………………………………………………………… 61
Vote of no confidence in the chairperson or vice-chairperson …………………………………………………….. 61
Original vote ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 62
Attendance by non-members of select committee ………………………………………………………………………. 62
Procedure in select committees ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 62
Limitation of mandate ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 62
Public access to meetings of select committees ………………………………………………………………………….. 62
Reports of select committees ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 63
Progress reports ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 63
Reports on Assembly Resolutions……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 63
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Joint sitting of committees of the Assembly ……………………………………………………………………………….. 63
Engagement of experts ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 64
Committee on Appointments ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 64
Finance, Budget and Appropriations Committee ……………………………………………………………………….. 65
Assembly Rules and Delegated Legislation Committee ………………………………………………………………. 66
Committee on Implementation ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 68
Liaison Committee …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 68
Sectoral Committees …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 69
Appointment of Sectoral Committees ………………………………………………………………………………………… 69
Committee to be limited to mandate ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 70
PART XXIII – PUBLIC PETITIONS ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 70
Meaning of Petition …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 70
Submission of a Petition …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 70
Petition on Private Bill ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 70
Notice of intention to present Petition ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 71
Form of Petition ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 71
Time for Petitions ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 71
Presentation of Petitions ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 71
Comments on petitions ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 72
Committal of Petitions ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 72
Copies of responses ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 72
PART XXIV – FINANCIAL PROCEDURES …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 72
General ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 72
Restrictions with regard to certain financial measures ……………………………………………………………… 72
Presentation of County Fiscal Strategy Paper …………………………………………………………………………….. 73
Presentation of Budget Estimates and committal to Committees ………………………………………………. 74
Definition of a day …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 75
Order of Votes……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 75
Moving into Committee of Supply ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 75
Procedure in Committee of Supply ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 75
Pronouncement of the Budget highlights and Revenue raising measures before the Budget and
Appropriations Committee………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 77
Procedure on Supplementary Estimates …………………………………………………………………………………….. 78
PART XXV – JOURNALS AND RECORDS OF PROCEEDINGS ………………………………………………………………………… 80
Journals of the Assembly …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 80
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Custody of Journals and Records ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 80
Hansard reports ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 81
Secret or personal matters …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 81
PART XXVI – PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE ASSEMBLY AND ITS COMMITTEES……………………………………………………… 81
General provisions on access to the Assembly…………………………………………………………………………….. 81
Restriction of access to the Chamber …………………………………………………………………………………………. 81
Exclusion from the Assembly or committees ………………………………………………………………………………. 81
Press representatives infringing Standing Orders or the Speaker’s Rules …………………………………… 82
PART XXVII– GENERAL ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 82
Failure to attend sittings ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 83
Seating in the Chamber ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 83
Members travelling outside Kenya …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 84
Expenses of witnesses ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 84
PART XXVIII –AMENDMENT OF STANDING ORDERS………………………………………………………………………………… 84
Proposals for amendment by the Assembly Rules and Delegated Legislation Committee ………….. 84
Amendment on the initiative of a Member …………………………………………………………………………………. 84
Periodic review of Standing Orders …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 85
Consideration of reports of Assembly Rules and Delegated Legislation Committee …………………… 85
BROADCASTING RULES ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 86
SECTORAL COMMITTEES …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 89
THIRD SCHEDULE ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 91
GENERAL FORM OF A PUBLIC PETITION …………………………………………………………………………………… 91


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