MPs refuse to vote as two thirds gender rule fails
27 April 2016, 22:32
Nairobi - Some MPs absconded from the vote while others failed to show up as the bill on the two thirds gender rule failed to sail through Parliament.
Capital News reported that Speaker Justin Muturi has ordered a fresh vote on a bill that
seeks the realisation of the two-thirds gender principle to take place
next Thursday afternoon.
This is after 195 MPs voted in favour and 28 against the Bill, which
required the support of at least 233 to pass through the Second Reading
after which it was to be transmitted to the Senate for consideration and
In his ruling, Muturi cautioned MPs against failure to cast their votes after it emerged they did not register their abstention.
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" On that day we will use our mechanism to know who has not voted one
way or the other. Standing Orders 76 states that it is gross disorder
for you to be present and fail to vote or register an abstention. Be
bold enough to express yourself because that is how you make decisions," the Speaker directed.
The Star reported that at the time of voting 247 MPs were present in the House.
MPs Cecily Mbarire and Johnson Sakaja had
called for disciplinary action to be taken against the errant MPs.