Election in Kenya is done after every five years. The lowest political seat is that of MCA, who is the leader who actually represents the people from his/her ward. Member of County Assembly position is one hot seat, that many aspiring politicians see as a stepping stone into the political scene. The competition is always fierce and with a salary amounting to more than Ksh 300,000 a month, the temptation to get in is irresistible. What are the qualifications for a person to become a ward representative? To qualify to vie for the position of the Member of the County Assembly
-Be a Kenyan citizen for at least 10 years before the election;
-Not hold dual citizenship (unless, according to IEBC, the citizenship of the other country has been obtained by operation of law without the capacity to opt-out);
-Not owe allegiance to a foreign state;
-Be a registered voter;
-Be nominated by a Political Party or is an independent candidate.
-Meet the statutory moral and ethical requirements under the Leadership and Integrity Act;
-Not be a public officer or acting in any State of public office other than a Member of the County Assembly;
-Not be an undischarged bankrupt;
-Not be a person of unsound mind;
-Not be subject to a sentence of imprisonment of at least six months from the date of registration of candidates or date of elections;
-Not have been found to have abused or misused state or public office or contravened Chapter Six of the Constitution; and
-Not have been dismissed or removed from public office for contravening the provisions of Articles 75, 76, 77 and 78 of the Constitution.
The minimum age limit to vie for the position of a member of the county assembly in Kenya is 18 years. There is no maximum age limit.
The Candidate must submit the following documents to the Commission during the Commission Nomination:
-A copy of a National Identity Card/valid Passport.
-A Passport size photograph with a white background was submitted in the electronic and printed copy.
-If a Party Candidate, a Nomination Certificate from a fully registered political party nominating the candidate, duly signed by an authorized official of the party
-A duly signed and dated Code of Conduct
-A duly filled Commission Nomination Form, including an original Statutory Declaration Form for purposes of nomination and an original Self-Declaration Form.
A degree certificate is not actually one of the requirements since it was declared unconstitutional.
It’s advisable to meet all the above requirements for anybody who wants to vie for the seat.
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