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Committees are integral parts for the conduct of Assembly business. An effective Committee system makes the Assembly to be more responsive to the needs of the electorate while making the role of the Members more relevant and the democratic process more representative of, and accountable to, the views of the electorate. Committees are important in at least the following ways:

  1. They provide opportunities for public input into the legislative processes;
  2. They relieve the pressure of business on the floor of the Assembly and therefore contribute to the achievement of efficiency;
  3. Committees conduct detailed investigation into an issue which may not be carried out efficiently and effectively by the whole County Assembly and therefore contributes to the attainment of democratic ideals especially transparency and accountability;
  4. Committees can conduct public hearings where representatives or organizations and experts on particular subjects may be invited to give advice. This allows Committees to be more effective in making sound decisions while allowing groups of citizens a voice in policy making;
  5. Make legislators work faster;
  6. Enables legislators get full details in specific issues before the Assembly;
  7. Make the Assembly perform many tasks at the same time;
  8. Meeting point between legislators and the executive;
  9. Reviewing legislation;
  10. Scrutinizing the county government’s activities, policies and programs and whether they meet the objectives of legislation as intended;
  11. Conducting investigations and inquiries into matters relating to their mandate Committees perform functions which the County Assembly while in Plenary is not well-suited to perform in its corporate form, such as;
    1. Receiving views from the public;
    2. Summoning witnesses to present oral evidence, written memoranda or documents;
    3. Frequent sittings away from the precincts of the County Assembly and for longer unregulated hours;
    4. Sifting evidence and formulating reasoned conclusions without observing strict rules of procedure; and
    5. Carrying out inspection tours and inquiries on matters for subsequent reporting to the Assembly