Tuesday, January 15, 2008

ODM's Marende is Speaker

The Nation (Nairobi)
15 January 2008
Posted to the web 15 January 2008

Orange Democratic Party's Kenneth Marende is the new Speaker.

The opposition MP-elect bagged the coveted seat after managing 105 votes to his rival Francis ole Kaparo's 101.

On his way to victory, Mr Marende led with 104 votes during the first round of voting and a similar number on the second.

However, he could not be declared winner because he did not garner the two-thirds majority required in those rounds.

The third round was based on a simple majority.

The MPs-elect now go to the second phase of today's business where they elect a Deputy Speaker. The legislators would then be sworn in as MPs.

A total of 207 MPs-elect are participating in the election.

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