In a notice, the Clerk of the Assembly Pauline Sarak Akuku invited all interested applicants to apply for the position.
According to Article 178 (1) of the constitution of Kenya 2010, each county assembly shall have a speaker elected by the county assembly from among persons who are not members of the assembly.
“Notice is hereby given to the general public that the office of the Speaker of the County Assembly of the Nairobi City County fell vacant following resignation of Beatrice Elachi,” the notice read in part.
Applicants are required to be registered voters and must satisfy any educational, moral and ethical requirements prescribed in the constitution.
The educational requirement is a post-secondary school qualification recognised in Kenya according to Section 22 (1) of the Elections Act 2011.
The office of the clerk invited interested persons who qualify to be elected for the position of the Speaker of the County Assembly to download nomination forms from the Nairobi City County Assembly website.
Applicants should submit their filled nomination papers and a copy of their curriculum vitae (C.V) via hand delivery to the office of the clerk of the Nairobi City County Assembly, City Hall building, 2nd Floor, Assembly wing in a sealed envelope so as to reach her at least 48 hours before the day of the sitting of the assembly pursuant to Standing Order 6 (2) of the Nairobi City County Assembly Standing Orders.
The election of the Speaker shall be held at the County Assembly Plenary Chamber, City Hall Building on August 14 at 2:30 p.m.
A person will be disqualified from election if he/she is a state officer or other public officer, has, at any time within the five years immediately preceding the date of election, held office as a member of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, has not been a citizen of Kenya for at least ten years immediately preceding the date of election and is a member of a county assembly.
Other factors that will get one disqualified include being of unsound mind, is an undischarged bankrupt, is subject to a sentence of imprisonment of at least six months, as at the date of registration as a candidate, or at the date of election or is found, in accordance with any law, to have misused or abused a State office or public office or in any way to have contravened Chapter Six.
Elachi tendered her resignation on Tuesday, August 11, citing threats to her life as she appointed Ruai MCA John Kamangu to be the acting speaker for continuity of services.