GEORGE OKODE ELECTED AS SPEAKER FOR THE THIRD UNINTERRUPTED TERM
Hon. George Okode, MBS was Tuesday, 20th September, 2022 overwhelmingly elected as Speaker of the Third County Assembly of Siaya after meeting the threshold of two thirds of votes of all the 40 MCAs.
Hon. Okode resoundingly triumphed over his sole competitor Mr Evans Oruenjo by garnering 38 out of the 40 votes cast.
He is therefore set to serve as the County Assembly Speaker for the third uninterrupted term having been elected for the first time in March 2013.
In the First Sitting of the 3rd House convened by Ag. Clerk Erick Ogenga, the election of the Speaker was preceded by administration and affirmation of oath of office to the 40 Members of the County Assembly.
The Speaker’s position attracted 12 aspirants who picked nomination forms from the Office of the Clerk. Three candidates failed to submit their nomination papers while the other seven failed to meet the minimum requirements for nomination leaving the race for Hon Okode and Mr Oruenjo.
In his acceptance speech after taking the oath of office on the Floor of the House, Hon. Okode congratulated all the Members for being elected to the House and promised to accord them an impartial, accommodative and attentive environment to promote good governance as they perform their cardinal roles of oversight, legislation and representation.
He further appreciated the Members for their trust and confidence in him and pledged to work and serve them equally without any prejudice.
“Hon. Members, your support and assessment of my capacity to lead you as your Speaker has been unanimous; I’m ready to serve you equally without any bias to your party affiliations. There will be no ODM, independent, UDM or FPK. There will be one County Assembly of Siaya and we shall walk this journey together,” he stated.
The Speaker affirmed his commitment to steer the Assembly in an active oversight role in the County affairs in accordance with relevant laws and statutes.