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Petition to Parliament (Procedure) Act

Kenya_PetitionstoParliament.pdfLAWS OF KENYA
Published by the National Council for Law Reporting
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3 [Issue 1] 1. Short title and commencement. 2. Interpretation. 3. Form of petition. 4. Procedure for presenting petition. 5. Consideration of petition. 6. Register of petitions. SCHEDULE – FORM OF PETITION
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5 [Issue 1] Date of assent: 27th August, 2012.] [Date of commencement: See Section 1.] An Act of Parliament to give effect to Article 37 or 119 of the Constitution on the right to petition Parliament; to make provision for the procedure for the exercise of the right pursuant to those Articles; to enhance public participation in the parliameThis Act may be cited as the Petitions to Parliament (Procedure) Act, 2012, and shall come into operation upon the final announcement of the results of the means a written prayer to Parliament under Article 37 or 119 of means a person who petitions Parliament under Article 37 or A petition to Parliament shall be in the form set out in the Schedule and (a) be handwritten, printed or typed; (b) be in English or Kiswahili and be written in respectful, decorous and (c) be free of alterations and interlineations in its text; (d) be addressed to the National Assembly or the Senate; (e) have its subject-matter indicated on every sheet if it consists of more (f) indicate whether any efforts have been made to have the matter addressed by a relevant body and whether there has been any response from that body or whether the response has been
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(g) indicate whether the issues in respect of which the petition is made are pending before any court of law or other constitutional or legal (h) conclude with a clear, proper and respectful prayer, reciting the definite object of the petitioner or petitioners in regard to the matter (i) subject to paragraph (m), contain the names, addresses, identification numbers, signature or a thumb impression of the petitioner or of every petitioner, where there is more than one (j) contain only signatures or thumb impressions, as the case may be, and addresses and identification numbers written directly onto the (k) not have any letters, affidavits or other documents annexed to it; (l) in the case of a petition presented by a Member of Parliament on behalf of a petitioner, be countersigned by the Member presenting it; (m) be signed by the petitioner, or if the petitioner is unable to sign, by a witness in whose presence the petitioner shall make his or her mark (a) submitted to the Clerk of the (b) presented by a member of the National Assembly or the Senate on (2) Notwithstanding section 4(1)(b), a member of the National Assembly or (3) The Clerk of the relevant House shall, within seven days of the date of receipt of the petition, review the petition to ascertain whether the petition meets (4) Where the Clerk of the relevant House of Parliament considers that a (5) A petition shall not be rejected merely because it is not addressed to the Clerk of the relevant House of Parliament, and where a petition is addressed to the Clerk of a House that has no authority to deal with the matter; the Clerk of 5. Consideration of petition (1) The Clerk shall, if satisfied that the petition meets the requirements of this Act, forward the petition to the Speaker of the relevant House for tabling in the (2) A petition that is tabled in Parliament under this Act shall be considered in
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7 [Issue 1] (3) The Clerk of the relevant House of Parliament shall, within fifteen days of the decision of the relevant House, in writing, notify the petitioner of the decision 6. Register of petitions (1) The Clerk of each House of Parliament shall keep and maintain a register in which shall be recorded all petitions and supporting documents, and the (2) The register of petitions under subsection (1) shall be accessible to the
FORM OF PETITION I/We, the undersigned, (Here, identify in general terms, who the petitioner or petitioners are, for example, citizens of Kenya, residents of ………………………….. province or region,workers of ……………….. industry, etc.) DRAW the attention of the House to the following: (Here, briefly state the reasons underlying the request for the intervention of the House by outlining the grievances or problems by summarizing the facts which [Here confirm that efforts have been made to have the matter addressed by the [Here confirm that the issues in respect of which the petition is made are not HEREFORE your humble petiti(Here, set out the prayer by stating in summary what action the petitioners wish Name of petitioner Full Address National ID. or
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PETITION concerning …………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………… …………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………. …………………………………………………… …………………………………………………… …………………………………………………… …………………………………………………… …………………………………………………… …………………………………………………… This form may contain such variations as the circumstances of each

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