LAWS OF KENYA THE PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE ACT CHAPTER 185A Revised Edition 2011 (2000) Published by the National Council for Law Reporting with the Authority of the Attorney-General www.kenyalaw.org CHAPTER 185A THE PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE ACT ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS Section PART IPRELIMINARY Short title.
PART IITHE PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE Nature of the Parliamentary Service.
Parliamentary Services values.
Parliamentary Service Code of Conduct.
Complementarity of values and codes of conduct.
PART IIITHE PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE COMMISSION Incorporation of the Commission Qualifications of members of the Commission Number and type of departments of the Service.
0Parliamentary scheme of service 1Social security scheme.
2Meetings and procedure of the Commission PART IVTHE CLERK AND OTHER STAFF 3Status and general functions of the Clerk.
4Procedural functions of the Clerk.
5Exercise of functions of the Clerk during vacancy or inability.
6Suspension or removal of the Clerk.
7Retirement and resignation of employees.
PART VFINANCIAL PROVISIONS 8Establishment of National Assembly Fund.
0Estimates of expenditure.
1Accounts and audit.
3Review of terms and conditions of service of members and employees of the Assembly.
4Remuneration of members of the Commission.
PART VIMISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS 5Annual report of operations of the Commission.
6Designated member may present documents, etc., in the Assembly.
7Oath of office for members and staff of the Commission.
8Power to order attendance of witnesses.
9Privileges of witness 0Evidence of proceedings in the Commission not to be given without leave.
1Protection of members and staff of the Commission.
2Communication of Commission privileged.
3Offences and penalties under the Act.
4Examination and other boards.
5Saving of existing rights and liabilities.
6Regulations by the Commission.
FIRST SCHEDULE Oath of member of the Commission SECOND SCHEDULEOath of officer of the Commission CHAPTER 185A THE PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE ACT Commencement: 29th December, 2000 of 2005.
An Act of Parliament to make provision for the Parliamentary Service and the Parliamentary Service Commission as established under the Constitution and for connected purposes PART IPRELIMINARY Short title.
This Act may be cited as the Parliamentary Service Act, 2000.
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires - chairman includes the vice-chairman or any other member of the Commission when discharging the functions of the chairman; Clerk means the Clerk of the National Assembly appointed under section 45B of the Constitution; Commission means the Parliamentary Service Commission established under section 45A of the Constitution; Fund means the National Assembly Fund established under section 18; member in relation to the Commission, includes the chairman and the vice-chairman of the Commission; Minister means the Minister for the time being responsible for matters relating to the National Assembly; office, in relation to the Service, means a paid office as an employee of the Service, not being the office of a member of the Commission, or a part-time office, or an office the emoluments of which are payable at an hourly or daily rate; officer or employee means any person who holds or acts in any office of the Service otherwise than as a part-time officer or employee; Parliamentary Service Code of Conduct means the code of conduct prescribed under section 5; Parliamentary Service values means the values specified in or under section 4; secretary includes any other officer when discharging the functions of the secretary; Service means the Parliamentary Service established under section 45A of the Constitution; services and facilities includes all means by which members of the National Assembly are officially assisted in performing their parliamentary duties; Speaker means the Speaker of the National Assembly or, where appropriate, the Deputy Speaker.
PART IITHE PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE Nature of the Parliamentary Service.
(1) The Service shall be an institution of exemplary administrative and technical competence.
(2) Subject to section 45B of the Constitution, in the performance of their functions, employees of the Service shall not seek or receive directions from any source external to the Service.
(3) Every member of the National Assembly shall respect the non-partisan and apolitical character of the Service and shall not seek to influence employees of the Service in the discharge of their functions.
Parliamentary Services values.
The Service shall uphold the following values (a) the promotion of democracy and the rule of law; (b) the fostering of patriotism, peace and national unity; (c) the provision of non-partisan and impartial advice and services to the National Assembly, its committees and its members; (d) the maintenance of the highest ethical standards; (e) the maintenance of honesty, accountability and integrity in the delivery of services, having regard to the principles of political neutrality, professionalism, economy, efficiency, equality and fairness, courtesy and discipline; (f) the provision of a workplace that is free from discrimination recognises the diverse backgrounds of the Service employees and promotes national integration; (g) the maintenance of the spirit of co-operation in the workplace based on consultation and communication; (h) the provision of a fair, flexible, safe and rewarding workplace; (i) the inspiration of public confidence in and respect for the institution of Parliament; (j) the fostering of understanding and co-operation among the three organs of State, to wit, the Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary in the context of their autonomy and complementarity; and (k) such other values as the Commission may, from time to time, prescribe.
Parliamentary Services Code of Conduct.
(1) The Commission may, from time to time, prescribe a Parliamentary Service Code of Conduct.
(2) Without prejudice to the provisions of any Code of Conduct prescribed under subsection (1), every employee of the Service shall, in the course of his employment - (a) be patriotic and loyal to Kenya and at all times conduct himself in a manner that promotes the image and interests of the country; (b) conduct himself with honesty and integrity and act with care and diligence; (c) use the resources of the nation conscientiously and combat corruption and misuse or wastage of public property; (d) respect and observe the law of the land and co-operate with all lawful agencies in the maintenance of law and order; (e) treat all persons with respect and courtesy and, in particular, protect persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups against any form of abuse, harassment or ill-treatment; (f) promote gender equality and respect for the rights and freedoms of others; (g) preserve and protect the environment and national heritage; (h) comply with any lawful and reasonable direction given by any person in the Service having authority to give such direction; (i) maintain appropriate confidentiality about dealings that the employee has with the National Assembly, its committees, its members and its staff (including employees of members, if any); (j) disclose, and take reasonable steps to avoid, any conflict of interest (real or apparent) in connection with the Service; (k) not provide false or misleading information in response to a request for information that is made for official purposes; (l) not make improper use of (i) any information obtained through or in connection with the office of such employee and which is not yet made available to the public; or (ii) the employees duties, status, power or authority, in order to gain, or seek to gain, a benefit or advantage for himself or for anyone else; (m) conduct himself in a manner that upholds the letter and spirit of the values and the integrity and good reputation of the Service; (n) while on duty overseas, conduct himself in a manner that promotes the good image of Kenya; (o) comply with any other requirements of conduct as may be prescribed by the Commission.
Complementarity of values and codes of conduct.
The Parliamentary Service values and the Parliamentary Service Code of Conduct provided for in sections 4 and 5 shall be in addition to, and not in derogation from, any others that may be specified by or under any other written law in relation to the citizens of Kenya generally.
PART IIITHE PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE COMMISSION Incorporation of the Commission.
The Parliamentary Service Commission shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and shall, in its corporate name, be capable of (a) suing and being sued; (b) purchasing or otherwise acquiring, holding, charging and disposing of movable or immovable property; (c) borrowing and lending money; (d) entering into contracts; (e) doing or performing all such other things or acts necessary for the proper performance of its functions under this Act which may lawfully be done or performed by a body corporate.
Qualifications of members of the Commission.
(1) In nominating or appointing any person as a member of the Commission, the Parliamentary party or parties concerned and the National Assembly respectively shall have regard to the persons experience or interest in consolidating and advancing the ideals and objectives of Parliamentary democracy.
(2) A member of the Commission shall serve in his personal capacity.
Number and type of departments of the Service.
(1) There shall be such number and types of departments and such categories and classifications of staff under the Service as the Commission may, from time to time determine.
(2) The Commission may from time to time (a) allocate functions to any department of the Service; (b) make such arrangements as appear to the Commission expedient in connection with the creation, division, amalgamation or abolition of any department of the Service.
Parliamentary scheme of service.
The Commission shall prescribe a scheme of service setting out the terms and conditions for the appointment of the officers and other staff of the Service which shall provide for (a) the appointment and confirmation of appointment of officers and other staff; (b) promotions, resignations and termination of appointments; (c) the scales of salaries and allowances; and (d) the designation and grades of officers and other staff.
Social security scheme.
(1) The Commission (a) shall establish a non-contributory pension scheme for all its employees; (b) may establish or adopt a contributory optional superannuation, provident or medical fund or other scheme for its employees and may grant pensions, gratuities, retiring allowances or sickness or injury benefits to any employee.
(2) The provisions of this section shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, appoint.
Meetings and procedure of the Commission 2.
(1) The chairman shall convene a meeting of the Commission at least once every fortnight.
(2) The chairman or in his absence the vice-chairman may at any time convene a special meeting of the Commission, and shall do so within seven days of the receipt by him of a written requisition therefor signed by at least three members.
(3) If the chairman fails to convene a special meeting of the Commission pursuant to a requisition under subsection (2), the members making the requisition may convene such meeting which shall be held within seven days after the expiry of the period prescribed in that subsection.
(4) The quorum for a meeting of the Commission shall be four members who shall include one member appointed under subparagraph (i) and one member appointed under subparagraph (ii) of section 45B (1) (e) of the Constitution.
(5) A member of the Commission other than an ex officio member may be removed from office by the appointing authority upon the recommendation of the Commission, if such member (a) has been absent from three consecutive meetings of the Commission without the permission of the chairman; or (b) is, in the opinion of the Commission, otherwise unable or unfit to discharge the functions of his office.
PART IVTHE CLERK AND OTHER STAFF Status and general functions of the Clerk.
(1) The Clerk shall be (a) the chief executive of the Parliamentary Service and secretary to the Commission; (b) responsible to the chairman and the Commission for the general working and efficient conduct of the business of the Service.
(2) The Commission may delegate to the Clerk such of its functions as are necessary to carry out the day to day management of the Service, and subject to such directions as may be given by the Commission, to direct and supervise the acts of all employees and agents of the Service.
(3) The Clerk may, in consultation with the Commission, assign or delegate the functions under this section to any employee of the Service.
Procedural functions of the Clerk.
(1) The procedural functions of the Clerk shall include (a) rendering expert, non-partisan and impartial advice to the members of the National Assembly on Parliamentary procedure and practice; (b) carrying out such other duties and exercising powers as may be conferred on him by law or by the standing orders and practices of the National Assembly.
(2) In carrying out the functions specified in subsection (1), the Clerk shall be assisted by such other officers of the Service as may be necessary.
(3) Subject to this Act and any other written law, the Clerk shall, in carrying out and exercising the power conferred on him by the standing orders and practices of the National Assembly, be under the direction of the Speaker.
(4) At any time when the office of the Speaker is vacant or the holder of the office is unable for any reason to carry out the duties and exercise the powers and functions of his office.
The Clerk shall, during that period and in relation to the carrying out of the duties and exercise of the powers and functions referred to in this section, be under the direction of the Deputy Speaker.
Exercise of functions of the Clerk during vacancy or inability.
If the office of Clerk is vacant, or if for any reason the Clerk is unable to exercise the functions of his office, any other person for the time being performing the duties of the Clerk pursuant to the standing orders of the National Assembly or by direction of the Speaker shall have and may exercise all the functions, duties and powers of the Clerk.
Suspension or removal of the Clerk.
The Clerk may, at any time and in such manner as may be prescribed under this Act, be suspended or removed from office by the Commission for inability to perform the functions of his office (whether arising from infirmity of body or mind or from any other cause) or for misbehaviour.
Retirement and resignation of employees.
(1) An employee shall retire from the Service on attaining the age of sixty years: Provided that the Commission may re-engage him on contract for a single term not exceeding two years.
(2) An employee may (a) after attaining the age of fifty years, elect to retire from the Service at any time; or (b) in such manner as may be provided under this Act, resign from the Service at any time.
(3) The Commission may, in such manner and for such reasons as may be prescribed under this Act, require an employee to retire from the Service at any time.
PART VFINANCIAL PROVISIONS Establishment of National Assembly Fund.
(1) There is established a fund to be known as the National Assembly Fund.
(2) There shall be paid into the Fund (a) such moneys as may, from time to time, be provided by Parliament; (b) such moneys as may be borrowed by the Commission on such terms and for such purposes as the Commission, in consultation with Minister for the time being responsible for Finance, may determine; (c) any moneys accruing to or received by the Commission from any other source.
(3) There shall be paid out of the Fund all payments in respect of any expenses incurred in pursuance of the provisions of this Act.
(4) The Commission may, with the approval of the National Assembly signified by resolution, establish such other funds as it may deem necessary.
The Commission shall open and maintain such bank accounts as are necessary for the exercise of its functions.
Estimates of expenditure.
(1) At least three months before the commencement of each financial year, the Clerk shall cause to be prepared, estimates of all the expenditure required for the purposes of this Act for that year and shall present such estimates to the Commission for review.
(2) The Commission shall review the estimates forwarded under subsection (1) and may make such alterations thereto as it may deem appropriate and shall thereafter agree upon those estimates.
(3) The chairman of the Commission shall dispatch a copy of the estimates agreed upon by the Commission under subsection (2) to the Minister responsible for matters relating to Finance or Information.
(4) The chairman of the Commission or some other member thereof authorised by the Commission in that behalf shall present the estimates agreed by the Commission for consideration and approval by the National Assembly.
(5) Upon the approval of the estimates presented to the National Assembly under subsection (4), all moneys from time to time required for the purposes of this Act shall be paid from the Consolidated Fund into the National Assembly Fund.
Accounts and audit.
(1) The Clerk shall ensure that proper books and records of accounts of the Commission are kept and maintained.
(2) Within three months after the end of each financial year, the Clerk shall submit to the Controller and Auditor-General, the accounts of the Commission for the year.
(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other written law, the accounts of the Commission shall be audited and reported upon by the Controller and Auditor-General.
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Review of terms and conditions of service of members and employees of the Assembly.
(1) The Commission shall, from time to time, appoint an independent body of experts to review the terms and conditions of service of members and employees of the National Assembly.
(2) The Commission shall upon receipt of the report of experts appointed under subsection (1), transmit the report together with its comments thereon, if any, to the National Assembly.
Remuneration of members of the Commission.
Members of the Commission shall receive such allowances as may be determined by Parliament under the National Assembly Remuneration Act, Cap 5.
PART VIMISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS Annual report of operations of the Commission.
Within three months after the end of each calendar year, the Commission shall prepare and lay before the National Assembly, a report of its operations during that year.
Designated member may present documents, etc., in the Assembly.
A member of the Commission (not being the chairman or a Minister) authorised by the Commission in that behalf may (a) lay before the National Assembly any document or other matter; (b) reply to a question relating to the affairs of the Commission.
Oath of office for members and staff of the Commission.
(1) The members of the Commission shall, on first appointment, take an oath in the form prescribed in the First Schedule.
(2) The secretary and such other officers (including persons engaged, commissioned or appointed in accordance with section 45B (11) of the Constitution) of the Commission as the chairman may require so to do, shall, on first appointment, take an oath in the form prescribed in the Second Schedule to this Act.
(3) Where any person required to take an oath has no religious belief or the taking of such oath is contrary to his religious belief, he may make and subscribe a solemn affirmation in the form of the oath appointed substituting the words solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm for the word swear and omitting the words So help me God.
(4) Every oath or affirmation taken by the chairman shall be administered by the secretary and every oath or affirmation taken by any other member or the secretary shall be administered by the chairman: Provided that every oath or affirmation taken by any other officer shall be administered by the secretary.
Power to order attendance of witnesses.
The Commission or any committee thereof may, subject to section 29, order any person to attend before it and to give evidence or to produce any paper, book, record or document in the possession or under the control of that person.
Privileges of witnesses 9.
Every person summoned to attend to give evidence or to produce any paper, book, record or document before the Commission or a committee thereof shall be entitled, in respect of that evidence or the disclosure of any communication or the production or any paper, book, record or document to the same right or privilege as before a court of law.
Evidence of proceedings in the Commission not to be given without leave.
(1) A member or an officer of the Commission or any person employed to take minutes or evidence before the Commission or any committee shall not give evidence elsewhere in respect of the contents of those minutes or evidence or of the contents of any document laid before the Commission or that committee or in respect of any proceedings or examination held before the Commission or that committee without special leave first obtained from the chairman.
(2) The special leave referred to in subsection (1) may be given by the vice-chairman in the absence or other incapacity of the chairman.
Protection of members and staff of the Commission.
Any act or thing done by any member of the Commission or by any officer or servant of the Commission shall not, if the act or thing was done bona fide for the purposes of carrying out this Act into effect, subject him personally to any liability, action, claim or demand whatsoever.
Communication of Commission privileged.
A person shall not in any legal proceedings be permitted or compelled to produce or disclose any communication, written or oral which has taken place between the Commission or any member or officer of the Commission, in the exercise of, or in connection with the exercise of, the function of the Commission unless the chairman consents in writing to such production or disclosure.
Offences and penalties under the Act 3.
Any person who (a) in connection with an application by himself or any other person for employment, appointment or promotion in the Service, or in connection with any matter on which it is the duty of the Commission to require information or evidence, or into which it is the duty of the Commission to inquire, wilfully gives to the Commission or to any member thereof any information which is false or misleading in any material particular; or (b) without the consent in writing of the chairman, publishes or discloses to any unauthorised person or otherwise than in the course of duty the contents or any part of the contents of any document, communication or information whatsoever which has come to his knowledge in the course of his duties under this Act, and any person who knowingly acts in contravention of this paragraph; or (c) having possession of any information which to his knowledge has been published or disclosed in contravention of paragraph (b) of this section, publishes or communicates to any other person otherwise than for the purpose of any prosecution under this Act or in the course of his duty any such information; or (d) otherwise than in the course of his duty, directly or indirectly by himself or by any other person in any manner whatsoever influences or attempts to influence any decision of the Commission or of any member thereof; or (e) disobeys any order made by the Commission or a committee for attendance or for production of papers, books documents or records; or (f) refuses to be examined before, or to answer any lawful and relevant question put by, the Commission or a committee, commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding ten thousand shillings, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months, or to both: Provided that nothing in paragraph (d) of this section shall prohibit any person from giving a certificate or testimonial to any applicant or candidate forthe Service or supplying any information or assistance upon formal request made by the Commission.
Examination and other boards.
(1) The Commission may, in such manner as it deems fit, make provision for examinations and appoint such selection, promotion or other boards as it deems necessary for the proper discharge of its functions.
(2) A board appointed under subsection (1) may wholly or in part consist of persons who are not members of the Commission.
Saving of existing rights and liabilities.
Without prejudice to the rights of any person, on the coming into operation of this Act, all movable and immovable property and all the rights and liabilities of the former National Assembly Department and all the property movable or immovable held by any person on behalf of the Department shall be deemed to vest in the Commission.
Regulations by the Commission.
(1) The Commission may make regulations for prescribing anything required by this Act to be prescribed and generally for the better carrying out of the purposes of this Act.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), regulations under this Act may provide for (a) the conduct of the business of the Commission; (b) the administration and management of the services and facilities; (c) the terms and conditions of service, pension and other retirement benefits of employees; (d) the measures for the discipline of employees; (e) the financial procedures of the Commission; (f) the orientation and training of members of the National Assembly and employees; (g) the security of members of the National Assembly.
(3) All regulations made under this section shall be laid before the National Assembly with reasonable despatch and, if a resolution is passed by the Assembly within twenty days on which it next sits after the regulation is laid before it that the regulation be annulled, it shall thenceforth be void, but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder, or to the making of any new regulation.
FIRST SCHEDULE (s.
27 (1)) OATH/AFFIRMATION OF MEMBER OF THE COMMISSION I.having been appointed as Chairman/Vice Chairman/Member of the Parliamentary Service Commission do swear/solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will without fear or favour, affection or ill-will discharge the functions of the office of Chairman/Vice-Chairman/Member of the Parliamentary Service Commission, and that I will not, directly or indirectly, reveal any matter relating to such function to unauthorised persons or otherwise than in the course of my duty.
SO HELP ME GOD.
Sworn/Declared by the said.
before me this day of.
Chairman/Secretary Parliamentary Service Commission SECOND SCHEDULE (s.
27 (2)) OATH/AFFIRMATION OF OFFICER OF THE COMMISSION Ibeing called upon to exercise the functions of secretary Officer/[other] of the Parliamentary Service Commission, do swear/solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will not, directly or indirectly, reveal to any unauthorised person or otherwise than in the course of duty the contents or any part of the contents of any document, communication or information whatsoever which may come to my knowledge in the course of my duties as an officer of the Commission SO HELP ME GOD.
Sworn/Declared by the said.
before me this.
Chairman/Secretary Parliamentary Service Commission L.
SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION THE PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE COMMISSION (FINANCIAL PROCEDURES) REGULATIONS, 2005 Citation.
These Regulations may be cited as the Parliamentary Service Commission (Financial Procedures) Regulations, 2005.
In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires "Board of Survey" means the Board of Survey established by regulation 24; "Clerk" has the meaning assigned to it under the Act; "Fund" has the meaning assigned to it under the Act.
Application and enforcement.
(1) These Regulations shall apply to all matters relating to the financial management of the Fund.
(2) The administration of these Regulations is vested in the Clerk subject to the right of any person aggrieved by any decision of the Clerk to refer the matter to the Commission for reconsideration.
(3)The Clerk may delegate his powers conferred by these Regulations to the Senior Deputy Clerk or to any other officer of the Commission, as he may deem fit.
Use of the Fund.
The moneys of the Fund shall be (a) utilized in accordance with the provisions of the yearly Finance Act; (b) spent in conformity with the decisions of the Commission; (c) exclusively and prudently used for the expenditures of the National Assembly in accordance with the appropriations made in its budget.
Approval of budget.
The budget of the National Assembly shall be approved by the Commission before any moneys from the Fund are expended.
Authority to incur obligations.
The Clerk shall have authority to incur obligations and expenditures chargeable to the Fund, but such authority shall be exercised in accordance with the general directions of the Commission.
Preparation of budget.
(1) For each financial year, the Clerk shall prepare a budget of the National Assembly which shall (a) cover all incomes, expenditures and activities of the National Assembly for the financial year; (b) be divided into vote, sub-vote, heads and items according to their nature and affinity; (c) be accompanied by any annexes, explanatory notes and any relevant statements; and (d) juxtapose the allocations for the preceding financial year with the estimates for the current year together with projected allocations for the next financial year.
(2) The Clerk shall prepare and submit to the Commission the budget referred to in paragraph (1) on or before the 31st March of each financial year.
(3)The Chairman of the Commission shall submit the budget referred to in paragraph (1) to the National Assembly at least one day before the national budget is presented to the National Assembly.
Authorization of expenditure.
The appropriations approved by the National Assembly shall constitute the required authorization for the Clerk to incur obligations and expenditures for the purposes for which the appropriations have been approved and for the amounts so voted.
Authority to incur expenditure.
The Clerk shall administratively issue an authority to incur expenditure to other members of the Commission but the authority so issued shall be accompanied by guidelines stipulating how the authority to incur expenditure shall be utilized.
Availability of appropriations.
(1) All appropriations approved by the National Assembly shall (a) be available for meeting obligations of the National Assembly for the financial year to which they relate; (b) remain available for a period of three months following the end of the financial year to which they relate if they are required to discharge pending obligations in respect of goods supplied and services rendered for that ended financial year.
(2) Any funds not utilized after the expiry of three months after the end of the financial year shall be deposited in the National Assembly Fund.
Obligations to the Fund.
The Fund shall not incur any financial obligation unless such obligation is (a) based on contract, purchase order, local service order, agreement or other form of understanding entered into between the National Assembly and another party; (b) incurred after appropriations have been approved by the National Assembly; (c) has been transferred from the previous financial year in which it had remained unliquidated.
Budgetary appropriations and report.
The Clerk shall (a) be responsible to the Commission for ensuring that budgetary allocations are not exceeded and are only utilized for the purposes for which they were approved and may, on adequate grounds, disallow any proposal for unjustifiable expenditure.
(b) submit to the Commission a semi-annual budget performance report indicating the budgetary appropriations, actual expenditures, commitments and explanations for over-expenditure or under-expenditure of funds for the period to which the report relates and may at any time demand quarterly budget performance reports from officers of the Commission charged with financial responsibility.
The Commission may, where the circumstances of the situation so require (a) instruct the Clerk to prepare a supplementary budget for presentation to the National Assembly; (b) issue approval to the Clerk to incur expenditure in a supplementary budget which has been approved by the National Assembly; (c) issue approval to the Clerk to transfer appropriations from one item to another.
Subject to these Regulations, procurement by the National Assembly shall be done in accordance with the Exchequer and Audit (Public Procurement) Regulations, 2001, or any law on procurement for the time being in force.
Establishment of Tender Board.
There is hereby established a Tender Board which shall consist of (a) the Clerk as chairman or an officer nominated by him in this regard; (b) the Head of Finance; (c) the officer in charge of the Accounts Department; (d) the Chief Procurement Officer as secretary; and (e) two members appointed by the Clerk from amongst the staff of the Assembly.
Meetings and procedures of Tender Board.
(1) The quorum for a meeting of the Tender Board shall be at least four members including the chairman.
(2) A member of the Tender Board who has any conflict of interest in a procurement shall disclose such interest and shall disqualify himself from participating in the process of awarding such procurement.
(3) All decisions of the Tender Board shall be by consensus or, in cases where there is no consensus, by simple majority and where there is a tie, the proposal supported by the chairman shall prevail.
(4) Members of the Tender Board may, with the approval of the Clerk, delegate their responsibility to their subordinate officers.
(5) The Clerk may co-opt into the Tender Board other members with such professional technical expertise as may be necessary for the performance of its tasks but such members shall have no voting powers.
Any procurement of a value (a) of up to five hundred thousand shillings shall be supported by a minimum of three quotations; (b) exceeding five hundred thousand shillings shall be supported by the minutes of the Tender Board; (c) exceeding one million shillings shall be done through an open tender advertised in at least four major publications.
Advertisement to tender.
(1) An invitation to tender for goods, works or services the value of which is in excess one million shillings shall be advertised annually in at least four major publications, indicating the list of items and the volumes required and a date by which the tenders should be received.
(2)The advertisement referred to sub regulation (1) shall seek applications by bidders wishing to tender for specific goods, services or works.
(3)The Clerk shall provide the bidders with all relevant bidding documents and any other information that may be reasonably required in the bidding process.
Short-listing of suppliers.
The short listing of suppliers shall be made by a Committee consisting of the (a) Head of Finance, who shall be its chairman; (b) Head of Administration; (c) Procurement Officer; (d) Accounts Department representative; and (e) any other officer who may give technical expertise to the Committee.
Award of tender.
The award of the tender shall be done by the Tender Board after assessment of conformity with the specifications, delivery schedules and comparative market prices.
Procurement of consultancy services.
Where the National Assembly seeks to procure the services of consultants (a) the Commission shall advertise the terms of reference for such consultants which terms shall include the scope of the work to be done in respect of the consultancy services; (b) the Tender Board shall select qualified consultants; (c) the award of the consultancy shall be done by the Tender Board but the engagement of the consultants shall be approved by the Commission; (d) the contract for consultancy firm shall incorporate performance benchmarks for the purposes of regular evaluation of the performance of the consultants; (e) the consultancy firm awarded the tender shall be eligible for a retention down payment of ten per cent of the cost of the consultancy and the balance to be paid six months upon satisfactory completion of work.
Variation of contracts.
The Clerk shall ensure that all contractual variations do not exceed ten per cent of the original value of the contract or agreement, as the case may be.
Duties of officers.
It shall be the duty of the Head of Finance, the Principal Accounts Controller, the Chief Procurement Officer and the Auditorin-charge to submit to the Clerk all appropriate documents, explanations or justifications in support of expenditures and proposed obligations.
Board of Survey.
(1) There is established a Board of Survey which shall dispose of the assets of the National Assembly after prior advertisement of the intended disposal in reputable daily publication.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of sub regulation (1), the Board of Survey shall (a) examine unserviceable vehicles, equipment and other assets of the National Assembly; (b) make appropriate recommendations on the best mode of disposal of the assets; (c) indicate the degree of responsibility, if any, attaching to any official of the National Assembly responsible for the writing off of the assets; (d) review claims of damages against the National Assembly; and (e) recommend any action to be taken in respect of the assets to the Clerk who shall in turn submit the recommendation to the Commission.
(3) The Board of Survey shall consist of (a) the Finance Officer, who shall be its chairman; (b) the Principal Accounts Controller; (c) the Sergeant-at-Arms; (d) the Deputy Clerk (Committees and Research).
(4) The quorum at a meeting of the Board of Survey shall be at least three members including the chairman: (5) Decisions shall be taken by simple majority but in case of a tie the position taken by the Chairman shall prevail.
Sale of assets.
(1) Where the Board of Survey recommends the sale of the assets of the National Assembly, such sale shall be by competitive bidding.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of sub regulation (1), competitive bidding shall not be necessary where (a) the Board of Survey has recommended the destruction of such property; (b) the estimated value of the asset is below the threshold determined by the Board of Survey; (c) the interests of the National Assembly shall be best served by the sale of the asset at a fixed price recommended by the Board of Survey; and (d) the interests of the National Assembly shall be best served by the disposal of the asset by way of gift or at a nominal price to a non-profit making organization.
(3) The sale of the assets of the National Assembly shall be on the basis of cash payment, money orders and bank cheques on or before delivery.
Receipts of supplies and equipment.
All supplies and equipment to the National Assembly shall be received by the stores officer and verified, as against quality and the contract of supply, by way of signature of the stores officer on the relevant documents.
Issue of supplies and equipment.
(1) The supplies and equipment of the National Assembly shall only be issued (a) to staff members who have obtained approval from their respective departments to requisition supplies and equipment; and (b) upon submission of an authorized requisition form by the staff seeking the stores.
(2) Stores issue voucher for all items shall be issued in favour of the authorized officials.
(3) After issuance of stores, the recipient of the stores shall retain the original stores issuance voucher while the stores clerk shall retain a copy of a signed voucher.
Loss of cash or property.
Loss of cash or any property of the National Assembly shall immediately be reported to the Clerk who shall initiate investigation thereon and where necessary, contact the Police for assistance.
Loss of stores.
If loss of any cash, stores, assets or equipment of the National Assembly is reported (a) the Clerk shall launch an investigation into the loss and that investigation may lay responsibility of the loss to an officer of the National Assembly; (b) an officer held responsible for any such loss may be required to reimburse the loss either in full or partially and may be disciplined if the loss arose out of misappropriation on the part of the officer; (c) the Clerk may recommend the writing off of an asset where nobody has been held responsible for such loss; (d) the Commission, after full investigation of each case, may authorize the writing off of losses or such other adjustments to National Assembly records as may be necessary to bring the stock balances to be in conformity with the actual quantities; (e) any investigations and remedy adopted pursuant thereto shall be executed within the financial year in which the loss is incurred and in any event not later than three months after the expiration of that financial year.
Waiver of liability.
No amount of money due to the National Assembly may be waived except with the prior authorization by the Commission in which case the Commission shall indicate the name of the persons or organizations benefiting from the waiver and the circumstances that justified the waiver.
Loan of National Assembly assets.
All equipment and other property of the National Assembly issued on loan to any person shall be recorded in a log book maintained by the Accounts Controller which log book shall show the date the loan was made, the terms and conditions of the loan; and the name and signature of the borrower.
(1) The Commission shall open and maintain, in Nairobi, such bank accounts as may be necessary for the exercise of its functions.
(2) The bank accounts referred to in sub regulation (1) shall be closed only with the approval of the Commission.
(3) Separate ledger accounts shall be maintained for each bank account held by the Commission.
(4) The Principal Accounts Controller shall demand from the banks monthly bank statements, which shall, where applicable, be accompanied by withdrawal instructions and debit and credit advice.
(5) The Principal Accounts Controller shall reconcile each bank account monthly and give the Clerk detailed information on the reconciled accounts.
Receipts of moneys.
All monies due to the National Assembly shall only be received by the Principal Accounts Controller or his designated alternate and official receipts shall be issued for all such moneys received.
Deposit of receipts in bank.
(1) The Principal Accounts Controller shall record in the books of account all receipts on the day the remittance is received and deposit such receipts in the bank not later than the close of the next working day.
(2) All monies not deposited in a bank account as required in sub regulation (1) shall be kept in an official safe installed at the cash office for that purpose.
Petty cash fund.
(1) The Clerk may establish a petty cash fund whose total float shall not exceed one hundred thousand shillings a month.
(2) The fund established under sub regulation (1) shall- (a) be maintained by the cashier on the imprest system and shall be kept in safe custody; (b) be fixed and its total cash float shall not be varied without the prior approval of the Clerk; (3) All petty cash requests shall be approved by the Clerk or his designated officer.
(4) The internal auditor shall regularly spot-check the petty cash, document his findings and report any anomaly in the petty cash float to the Clerk.
(5) No officer shall be advanced more than five thousand shillings from the petty cash fund per request.
(1) All salary and other cash advances to members and staff of the Commission shall be authorized by the Clerk or his designated officer.
(2) No contract or purchase order shall be made on behalf of the Commission requiring payment in advance of delivery of goods or performance of services except with the prior permission of the Clerk and the reasons for accepting the advance payment shall be reported to the Commission.
(3) No officer of the Commission shall advance, lend or exchange any sum of which he is answerable to the Clerk except with the prior permission of the Clerk.
Payments from the Fund.
(1) Every obligation or proposal to incur expenditure from the Fund or any other special fund of the Commission, shall require prior approval by the Clerk before the expenditure is so incurred.
(2) Payment from the Fund shall only be made (a) on the basis of duly certified supporting vouchers and other documents indicating that the goods or services in respect of which the payment is made have been received in accordance with the documents establishing the obligations; and (b) after the Principal Accounts Controller has ensured that the payment has not previously been made and that he has no knowledge of any information that would bar the making of the payment.
(3) The signatories to the bank accounts of the Commission shall be (a) the Clerk; (b) the Head of Finance; (c) The Principal Accounts Controller; and (d) the Deputy Clerk in charge of Administration.
(4) The Principal Accounts Controller shall be responsible for registering cheques, ensuring safe custody of the cheques and counterfoils as evidence of payment.
(5) The clerk shall approve all payments before they are made.
(6) All cheque payments against invoices shall be made by a crossed cheque worded "Account Payee only".
(7) All cheques shall be endorsed by at least three signatories referred to in sub-regulation (3).
(8) Any alteration on a cheque shall be counter signed by at least one signatory provided that no alteration shall be permitted in the name of the payee in which case the cheque must be cancelled and a replacement cheque issued thereof.
(9) No cheque shall be issued against a duplicate voucher or invoice but the Clerk may dispense with this requirement in any case where he finds it necessary in which case duly certified copies of the voucher or invoice and a letter of indemnity by the supplier shall suffice.
Payment of salaries.
(1) The staff of the National Assembly shall only be engaged under the written authority of the Commission based on approved positions and approved appropriations in the budget.
(2) Salaries shall be paid on the last day of each month unless the day falls on a weekend or public holiday in which case the salaries shall be paid on the working day immediately preceding the last day of the month.
(3) The salaries paid shall be based on the Commission scales and other conditions of service as determined by the Commission.
(4) All posts in the National Assembly shall be classified by title and salary scale in accordance with the duties and responsibilities under each post as established by the Commission.
(5) The first appointment to all posts in the National Assembly shall be at the first step of the appropriate salary scale.
(6) All statutory deductions made by the National Assembly on the salaries of staff shall be promptly remitted to the relevant authorities and schemes.
(1) Salary in advance may be granted to cover a period of approved local or official travel if the staff member is scheduled to be away from the duty station on the payday.
(2) The Clerk may, in exceptional cases and upon a proper written application, authorize the payment to a staff member of a salary advance of one month's basic salary excluding all allowances.
(3) Any salary advance granted to a staff member under sub-regulation (2) shall be deducted from the member's salary commencing the second month following the day on which the advance was given and the deduction shall be spread equally over a period not exceeding twelve months.
(4) Any outstanding salary advances at the time of resignation, retirement, termination, dismissal or death shall be recovered from any salary or pension or other benefits due to the member of staff or his beneficiaries as the case may be.
116 of 2005, L.N.
THE PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE (CONSTITUENCY OFFICES) REGULATIONS, 2005 PART IGENERAL PROVISIONS Citation.
These Regulations may be cited as the Parliamentary Service (Constituency Offices) Regulations, 2005 and shall be deemed to have come into operation on the 2nd June, 2005.
In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires Authority to Incur Expenditure means a delegated responsibility by the Clerk to the constituency office Manager to enable the manager authorise expenditure; bank account means an account opened at a commercial bank for the purpose of running a constituency office; Clerk means the Clerk of the National Assembly appointed under section 45A (2) of the Constitution of Kenya or the Clerk of the Senate appointed under Article 128 of the Constitution Commission means the Parliamentary Service Commission established under section 45B of the former constitution or Article 127 of the Constitution.
Constituency means one of the constituencies into which Kenya is divided under section 42 of the former constitution or a single member constituency established under Article 89 or Article 98 of the Constitution.
Constituency Development Fund means the Fund established under the Constituency Development Fund Act, No.
10 of 2003.
constituency office means an office set up by a Member within the constituency he represents in accordance with these Regulations; constituency office Assistant means a staff employed by a Member to perform duties specified under regulation 30 of these Regulations; constituency office Manager means a staff employed by a Member to perform duties specified under regulation 30 of these Regulations; copy typist means a secretary employed by a Member to perform duties specified under regulation 30 of these Regulations; direct financial interest means a case where a Member is part of or co-owner of a building where the constituency office is located; landlord for purposes of these Regulations includes landlady; Member means an elected or nominated Member of Parliament; Members home means any place, house, building or shelter which is ordinarily used by a Member within the constituency as his home; Permanent Secretary means a public officer appointed by the President pursuant to section 22 of the Constitution; Speaker means the Speaker of the National Assembly elected pursuant to section 37 of the Constitution; staff means an employee or employees of a Member working for the member in the constituency office; and the House means the National Assembly.
PART IIOFFICE RENTAL/CONSTRUCTION Initiating opening of an office.
Upon the gazettement of an elected or nominated Member of Parliament, the Clerk shall, for the purpose of facilitating the opening of an office for the member, write to the Permanent Secretaries responsible for the Ministries of health, public works and lands respectively, to (a) inspect and verify that an office identified by a member is fit for human habitation and meets basic public health standards and requirements; (b) confirm that the office building is structurally sound; and (c) assess the value of the office through a qualified property valuer to confirm the market renting price for such an office.
Custody of lease agreement.
A Member shall, subject to the fulfillment of the provisions of regulation 3, forward a lease agreement together with the relevant letters from Ministries of Public Works, Health and Lands to the Clerk for custody.
Restriction on where to open an office.
Renting of offices shall not be permitted where the proposed office is (a) in a building owned by a Member or his close relative; (b) in a building where the Member has direct financial interest; and (c) in the Members home.
The signage for a constituency office shall indicate the name of the constituency first then followed by the name of the Member.
Maximum office space.
The rented office space for a constituency shall not exceed 210 square metres.
Signing the lease agreement.
The constituency office manager, where necessary, shall sign a lease agreement with the landlord or agent before occupying the office and shall be responsible for the accuracy of all the information contained in the lease agreement.
The constituency office Manager shall ensure there is sufficient security for the office premises and, at most, two guards may be employed for that purpose where and when it is necessary to do so.
Reporting complaints on misuse of office.
(1) Any complaint regarding the misuse of a constituency office shall be reported to the Member in writing, and the general public may also direct such complaints in writing to the Commission.
(2) Upon receipt of any complaint pursuant to sub-regulation (1), the Commission shall investigate the complaints and take action as it deems appropriate.
Construction of a constituency office.
In the construction of a constituency office, the Member shall ensure that (a) the office is built on public land; and (b) the process of procurement of goods and services for the construction of the office is in line with Government procurement procedures and financial regulations.
Offices for nominated Members L.N.
The Commission shall open and furnish a suitable office within the precincts of Parliament in Nairobi for every nominated Member of Parliament.
PART IIIFINANCIAL PROVISIONS Procurement procedures.
The constituency office manager shall purchase office equipment as may be necessary to effectively run the constituency office.
On the 31st March of each year before the commencement of the ensuing financial year, the Member shall forward to the Commission the budget estimates for the purchase of office furniture, equipment, consumables and personnel emoluments for staff at the constituency office but such budget shall not exceed KSh.
3.36 million in each financial year or such amount as may be set by the Commission.
Source of finance.
At the commencement of every financial year, the constituency office Manager shall be issued with an Authority to Incur Expenditure by the Clerk for the approved budget in respect of that constituency for that financial year and an initial amount shall be credited to the account of the constituency opened as specified in paragraph 18.
Prudence in procurement and expenditure.
The constituency office manager shall ensure that the money available to the constituency pursuant to regulation 14 is spent in conformity with existing Government financial regulations to facilitate quick, efficient and effective delivery of services.
At regular intervals, supporting documents for expenditure incurred shall be lodged with the Clerk for reimbursement.
Accounting for funds.
No reimbursement pursuant to regulation 16 shall be effected before the constituency properly accounts for the expenditure incurred on the disbursed funds.
Opening a bank account.
An account approved by the Commission shall be opened for every constituency with a reputable commercial bank at the nearest location from the constituency office.
Signatories of cheques.
The signatories to the account opened pursuant to regulation 18 shall be (a) the constituency office manager whose signature shall be mandatory; (b) two signatories appointed by the member for that purpose.
Copies of bank statements and any other financial records from every constituency shall be availed to the Clerk at the end of every month.
PART IV STAFFING OF CONSTITUENCY OFFICES Constituency office staff.
A member shall employ a constituency office Manager and other staff as the member shall require subject to the ceiling of staff salaries approved by the Commission.
Staff for nominated Members L.N.
Despite Regulation 21, a nominated Member of Parliament shall employ a personal assistant, a driver and a secretary subject to the ceiling of staff salaries approved by the Commission.
Recruitment of staff.
(1) Members shall initiate recruitment of all the constituency office staff and determine their terms of employment and salary scales.
(2) The staff recruited pursuant to this regulation shall not hold any post in a political party.
(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of paaragraph (1), the staff recruited shall not be paid house allowance, overtime allowance or any honorarium.
Terms of service.
(1) Subject to regulation 22 (3), the terms of service for constituency staff employees shall be a maximum of five years contract and upon termination of such contract a member of staff shall be eligible for payment of contract gratuity at the rate of 31% of his or her basic salary.
(2) On earlier termination of any contract for the constituency staff, the contract gratuity shall be determined on a pro rata basis.
Custody of contract document.
Each staff shall sign a contract in three counterparts with the Member retaining one, the staff the other and the last one being submitted to the Clerk.
Expiry of contract.
(1) At the expiry of a contract, three months salary in lieu of notice shall be paid to the staff.
(2) A staff may at any time give one months notice before vacating his employment, or surrender one months salary in lieu of notice.
(1) Each staff shall be entitled to twenty-one working days as annual leave and shall in that respect be entitled to a leave allowance to be determined by the Commission.
(2) The official working days and hours for the constituency staff shall conform to those of officers working in the public service in the local jurisdiction.
When a member ceases to be the representative of a constituency either after an election, or in any other manner, the contract signed between the member and the staff at the constituency office shall become void.
(1) The constituency office Manager shall possess a post-secondary school training, preferably a university degree or its equivalent in addition to having a good understanding of Government procedures and local problems.
Duties or responsibilities of constituency staff.
(1) It shall be the responsibility of the constituency office Manager to (a) provide administrative and institutional support to a Member; (b) keep the Member well informed about the transactions of the constituency bank account established under regulation 18; (c) conduct official correspondence; (d) prioritise incoming mail and enquiries; (e) undertake general office management; and (f) maintain a members diary at the constituency office by recording all major constituency events that require the members attention.
(2) The Secretary and other staff shall perform such duties as shall be assigned to them by the constituency office Manager from time to time.
PART VHANDING OVER OFFICES Transit period between sitting Members.
When the office of a Member falls vacant, the constituency office manager shall be responsible for running the constituency office until a new Member is elected.
Period of vacating office.
Any outgoing Member shall vacate the constituency office within seven working days after the gazettement of the new Member.
Removing personal effects from the office.
The cost for transporting personal papers and effects of a Member who has ceased to be the representative of a particular constituency shall be the responsibility of the outgoing Member.
Assistance during transition.
(1) The Commission shall pay all expenses including rent, telephone, power and lighting, water and other incidental costs relating to a constituency office for one (1) month after a Member vacates his seat.
(2) If a Member resigns, all the payments to the constituency office shall cease with effect from the date the Speaker receives the letter of resignation from the member.
(3) Photocopying and postal privileges including use of franking stamp in respect of a constituency office shall continue for one month after the election day.
Accounting for Commission property.
It shall be the responsibility of the outgoing Member and his or her constituency staff to fully account for Commission property in the constituency office, including the bank account transactions within one month of the gazettement of a new Member.
Handing over report.
The returns specified in regulation 34 shall be signed by the constituency office manager and handed over to the Clerk or his appointed representative within 30 days of the swearing in of Members of Parliament.
Finalising handing over.
The Clerk shall satisfy himself that all the handing over procedures have been fully complied with before making last payments of salaries and allowances, if any, to the out-going constituency office manager and other staff.
L.N 95/2011, L.N 134/2012.
THE PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE (CENTRE FOR PARLIAMENTARY STUDIES AND TRAINING) REGULATIONS, 2011 PART IPRELIMINARY Citation and commencement.
These Regulations may be cited as the Parliamentary Service (Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training) Regulations, 2011, and shall be deemed to have come into force on the 1st July, 2009.
In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires Act means the Parliamentary Service Act, 2000; Board means the Board of the Centre constituted in accordance with regulation 5; Centre means the Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training established under regulation 3; Commission means the Parliamentary Service Commission; Director means the Director of the Centre; and financial year means a period of twelve months ending on the thirtieth June in each year.
PART IIESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTIONS OF THE CENTRE Establishment of the Centre.
(1) There is established a centre to be known as the Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training.
(2) The offices of the Centre shall be offices in the parliamentary service.
Functions and objects of the Centre.
The functions and objects for which the Centre is established are to (a) conduct courses for the exposition and enhancement of the knowledge, skills and experience of members of Parliament and staff of the parliamentary service; (b) conduct courses on parliamentary matters to other persons as may be approved by the Board; (c) provide directly, or in collaboration with other institutions of higher learning, facilities for parliamentary research, studies and training; (d) participate in the preservation and transmission of parliamentary knowledge in Kenya; (e) conduct examinations for, and grant, academic awards as may be necessary; (f) contribute to the effective and efficient execution by Parliament of its roles and functions in democratic governance; (g) prepare modules of training on legislation, representation and the oversight roles of Parliament, in collaboration with the National Assembly and the Senate, other national or supranational Parliaments, and other centres or institutes executing similar mandates; (h) undertake any other business which is incidental to the performance of any of the foregoing functions.
PART IIIADMINISTRATION OF THE CENTRE Board of the Centre.
34 of 2012, s.
(1) The management of the Centre shall vest in a Board which shall consist of the following members (a) three members of the Commission, one of whom shall be the chairperson; (b) the Clerk of the National Assembly; (c) the Clerk of the Senate; (ca) a lecturer at a recognized university who is at the level of senior lecturer or above and who possesses knowledge and experience in capacity building, training or research.
(d) the Director.
(2) The Board shall be responsible for the policy direction of the Centre.
(3) The Commission shall appoint the member of the Board provided for under paragraph (ca) of sub-regulation (1) through a transparent and competitive process.
(4) A person appointed under paragraph (ca) of sub-regulation (1) shall serve for a term of five years which shall, subject to the approval of the Commission, be renewable for one further term of five years.
(5) The Board may, with the approval of the Commission, co-opt a person who has knowledge, skills and experience in public or parliamentary affairs, research, capacity building or training to the membership of the Board.
(6) A person co-opted to the membership of the Board under sub-regulation (5) shall serve for such period as the Board shall, with the approval of the Commission, determine and shall not have the right to vote.
(7) A member of the Board shall be paid such allowance as the Commission shall determine.
(1) There shall be a Director of the Centre who shall be responsible for the day-to-day management of the affairs and business of the Centre.
(2) The Director shall be (a) an employee of the parliamentary service; (b) the Secretary to the Board, but shall have no right to vote at any meeting of the Board; and (c) responsible to the Commission through the Board.
Powers of the Board.
Subject to the powers of the Commission under the Constitution and the Act, the Board shall have power to (a) administer the property and funds of the Centre in such manner and for such purposes as shall promote the best interests of the Centre and Parliament; (b) receive, on behalf of the Centre or the National Assembly, gifts, donations, or grants meant for the Centre; (c) do such other thing as the Commission may from time to time direct.
Signing of documents.
All documents, other than those required by law to be under seal, made on behalf of the Centre, and all decisions of the Centre, shall be signified by the hand of the Director.
The Board may, with prior approval of the Commission, open one or more bank accounts in the name of the Centre.
Accounts and audit.
(1) The Board shall cause to be kept all proper books and records of accounts of the income, expenditure and assets of the Centre.
(2) Within a period of three months after the end of each financial year, the Board shall cause to be prepared (a) a statement of the income and expenditure of the Centre during that year; and (b) a balance sheet of the Centre on the last day of that year.
(3) The accounts of the Centre shall be audited and reported upon in accordance with the Public Audit Act, 2003.
(4) The Director, and two other members of the Board designated by the Commission, shall be signatories to such bank account or accounts as may be opened by the Board in accordance with regulation 9.
Staff of the Centre.
The Commission may deploy to the Centre such number of staff as may be required for the efficient discharge of the functions of the Centre under these Regulations.
(1) The quorum for the conduct of the business of the Board shall be three members, at least one of whom shall be a member of the Commission, including the chairperson or the person presiding.
(2) Except as provided for in the paragraph (1), the Board may regulate its own procedure.
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