PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN COMMITTEES

Public participation is at the heart of democratic governance. It improves information flow, accountability and due process, and gives a voice to those most directly affected by public policy. Priorities of the citizens are more correctly identified and addressed and decisions have greater of support and chances of success. Participatory decision-making also enables continuous oversight resource allocation and utilization.

Participatory decision-making helps build social capital in decision-making. With this, there will be high trust and confidence levels making it easier for public officials to have the legitimacy to undertake their tasks and for governance to proceed smoothly, peacefully and effectively.

The legal basis for public participation in parliamentary business is found in the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 and provisions of the Standing Orders as follows:

Article 118 of the Constitution on Public access and participation provides that

(1)Parliament shall—

(i)conduct its business in an open manner, and its sittings and those of its committees shall be open to the public; and

(ii)facilitate public participation and involvement in the legislative and other business of Parliament and its committees;

(2)Parliament may not exclude the public, or any media, from any sitting unless in exceptional circumstances the relevant Speaker has determined that there are justifiable reasons for the exclusion.

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Senate
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The Clerk
Kenya National Assembly
Tel: 254 2 2221291 or 2848000
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