NATIONAL Assembly resumes its sittings on Tuesday afternoon after a short break. The MPs will be conducting a paperless business in the chambers as a total of 350 iPads already procured and installed in the debating chamber with customized applications.
House Speaker Justin Muturi, who chairs the Parliamentary Service Commission said that there will be no physical Order Paper that will be provided in the chamber as MPs will be able to access all documents from the application on the equipment. While some lawmakers have undergone training on the use of the iPads, the parliamentary ICT department will be on standby to help those not so tech savvy.
MPs require a password to log in to access all parliamentary documents including committee schedules and reports, Hansard records, and other key journals. The use of the gadgets will ease access to the order paper, motions, Bills, petitions, Speaker’s rulings, proposed amendments to Bills and memoranda. Kenya becomes the second country in East Africa, after Uganda, to embrace an e-parliament.