Shortlisting of EALA MPs to start afresh

Jubilee Party and NASA are set to present a fresh list of candidates to be nominated to the East African Legislative Assembly.

The candidates who had applied and had been interviewed for the positions in the last Parliament will have to apply afresh even as reports indicate that there will be major changes to the list to accommodate some of the losers in the August 8 General Election.

EALA was to be inaugurated on June 4 but it has been delayed after the two leading coalitions disagreed over the election procedure.

The standoff started when Cord, now part of NASA, submitted only five nominees for the approval of the House but Jubilee rejected the list saying the opposition should have submitted a longer list for the House to have options on who to pick.

Yesterday, former National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale said the shortlisting and interviewing of the fresh candidates will be among the first business of the 12th Parliament once it convenes next week.

“This is a different Parliament. We have new members and therefore the whole process will have to start afresh. Those who had applied, [been] shortlisted and interviewed will have to apply a fresh. There are likely to be changes as the process will be open to other Kenyans,” he told the Star.

Under NASA coalition, ODM has three slots while Wiper has one.
ODM had earlier picked party National Elections Board chairperson Judy Pareno, Abubakar Zein and Ronald Ngeny. Wiper had picked Kalonzo’s son Kennedy Musyoka.

On the Jubilee side, 58 people applied for the job and only five of the selected 15 had been chosen to represent the party at the Arusha-based regional Parliament.

The nominees were Joe Muriithi Muriuki, Mutea Iringo, Eunice Karanja, Abubakar Ogle, Adan Mohamed Nooru, Simon Mbugua, Irene Cherop Masit and former National Assembly clerk Justin Bundi

Others were Nelson Dzuya, Naomi Jillo Waqo, Chepkemoi Saida Stacey, Florence Sergon, Justus Mate and Pius Atok Ewoton.

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