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The Qualifications for a Member Of Parliament in Kenya

The Qualifications for a Member Of Parliament in Kenya

Kenyans elect a Member of Parliament every five years. Article 1 of the Constitution says that all sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya. The people may exercise their sovereign power either directly or through their democratically elected representatives.

Therefore, the people delegate this sovereign power under the Constitution to parliament as a state organ. A Member of Parliament exercises this sovereign power at the national level. They play three key roles. These are the representation, legislation, and oversight.

For representation, they should promote the interests of the people who elected them. For legislation, they should make and amend laws in parliament. They should also play oversight over the Executive arm of the government and other state organs.

The oversight function ensures transparency and accountability. They also have a role in budget allocation where they play a key role in resource sharing by determining what each government ministry, department, and agency gets.

There are two ways a person can become a member of parliament in Kenya: through election or by nomination (from political parties).

The term Member of Parliament (MP) refers to the Senators, Women Representatives, and Members of the National Assembly. The term also refers to both elected and nominated members.

A Member of Parliament (MP) is eligible for election for a five-year term and can be re-elected as many times as possible since there are no term limits for MPs in Kenya.

Qualifications for a Member of Parliament in Kenya

What are the qualifications for becoming a Member of Parliament in Kenya? To qualify as a candidate for the position of a Member of Parliament in Kenya, you must:

  • 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 Parliament;
  • 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

To qualify for the position of a member of parliament in Kenya, you must also be at least 18 years of age.

Requirements for the position of a Member of Parliament in Kenya

The requirements for the position of a Member of Parliament are different depending on the Senators, Women Representatives and Members of the National Assembly. Follow the links below to learn more about the different requirements for each position:

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43 thoughts on “The Qualifications for a Member Of Parliament in Kenya

  1. Kimathi Hilary

    Thanks for the details. I have a question, when are the applications made?

    1. IEBC gives out timelines. It is good you inquire from their offices about that.

  2. Ramadhan mgandi

    Which grade is required for one to vie for an mp in Kenya?

    1. Grades don’t matter.

  3. ken kipkirui

    I got C plain in KCSE and I only have that secondary and primary certificate. Sijaenda college or any University. Can I vie as an MP with those two certificates only?

    1. Yes, you can. Unless the regulations change in future…

  4. james kiarie

    You mean 10,000 only for youth or I am daydreaming? 2022 ndani ya debe.

    1. Yes, but remember if you decide to go the party way, you will still have to pay the party’s nomination fee.

      1. Paul Thuku

        How much is nomination fee? Then how do you qualify for a nominated MP position?

        1. The amount is indicated at the end of the post? And here are the qualifications for nominated MPs.

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