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Beatrice Elachi elected Nairobi County Speaker

Former Nominated Senator Beatrice Elachi has won the Nairobi County Assembly Speaker seat.

Ms Elachi got 90 votes with her closest rival Ali Abdi getting 27 votes. Mr George Wainaina got four votes while Ms Karen Nyamu got one vote.

Ms Elachi contested the Dagoretti North parliamentary seat on a Jubilee Party ticket in the August 8 elections but lost.

There was drama during the voting exercise Wednesday as some of the Jubilee MCAs had to be assisted to vote after claiming they had ‘injured’ their fingers.

The MCAs claimed they could not write and had to be assisted to mark the paper.

They were escorted to the voting booth by Ms Elachi’s agent, Ruai MCA John Kamangu, who said he is attending to the affected MCAs.

Ms Elachi takes over from former speaker Alex Ole Magelo, who did not defend his seat.

In her maiden speech Ms Elachi promised to serve both the majority and minority in the Assembly.