Nairobi Assembly speaker’s race proceeds to round two of voting

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Nairobi MCAs are heading to the second round of voting after the two candidates failed to attain the threshold to win the speaker’s seat in round one.

As announced by Clerk Edward Gichana, Kennedy Ng’ondi attained 71 votes while Hassan Robow got 52.

“Those two candidates will proceed for a second round since none of them attained the threshold of 82 votes,” he said.

The voting exercise began immediately after the MCAs took an oath of office.

There was a slight disruption at the Nairobi County Assembly as the election of the Speaker began.

The disruption was a result of a confrontation between Members of the County Assembly allied to Kenya Kwanza and those of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance.

Ngara MCA Chege Mwaura said the ballot boxes were placed in a manner that would allow the legislators to see how the voting process will be done.

Umoja One MCA Mark Mugambi noted that the placement of the boxes breeches secrecy.

From the Azimio coalition, Makongeni MCA Peter Imwatok bashed his counterparts arguing that the ballot boxes had been placed where they were in the past elections.

Kilimani MCA Moses Ogeto said the issues raised by their counterparts are not legislative and are not anchored in the standing orders.

Clerk Gichana directed the sergeants at arms to place the ballot boxes in the right position.

The sergeants confirmed the ballot boxes were empty before the voting started.

The ballot boxes are placed on the right and left sides of the floor of the house.

MCAs who are physically challenged were given first priority.

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