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How to Become a Member of County Assembly (MCA) Kenya

A Member of County Assembly (MCA) or a Ward Representative plays a crucial role in devolution. The Constitution limits the role of a Member of the County Assembly to the county level of governance.

A Member of County Assembly plays three crucial roles. These are as follows: representation, legislation, and oversight. They represent residents from their wards in governance at the county level. They make and amend laws that affect the counties and oversee the executive arm of the county government.

A Member of the County Assembly also plays a crucial role to advance the role of the County Assembly. That is why Kenyans elect their MCA of choice every five years during the general elections.

For anyone who wants to vie for the seat of the Member of County Assembly, there are guidelines to follow. These guidelines are a set of conditions that they must meet to qualify to vie for the seat.

Qualifications for the position of the Member of the County Assembly

To qualify to vie for the position of the Member of the County Assembly, you must:

  • be a Kenyan citizen for at least 10 years before the election;
  • not hold dual citizenship;
  • not owe allegiance to a foreign state;
  • be a registered voter;
  • be nominated by a Political Party or is an independent candidate.

Requirements for the position of a Member of the County Assembly

A party candidate, an independent candidate, or their authorized agent should submit certain documents to IEBC during the nomination process.

They should submit a certified copy of a national identity card or a valid passport. The ID or passport should be the document the candidate used to register as a voter. They should also submit a passport size photograph.

If the candidate was a public officer, they should provide a letter of discharge from their employer. The letter should confirm that the candidate was not in employment six months to the general elections. This requirement does not apply to those holding other elective seats that may want to contest for the position of a Member of the County Assembly.

A party candidate should submit a nomination certificate from a fully registered political party nominating the candidate. An authorized official in the party should have duly signed the certificate.

The party or independent candidate should submit a duly signed Code of Conduct (Second Schedule of the Elections Act, 2011).

Commission Form 18

The candidate or their agent should submit a duly filled Commission Nomination Form 18, including:

  • An original Statutory Declaration Form (Regulation 41 of the Elections (General) Regulations, 2012)
  • An original Self-Declaration Form (Regulation 46 of the Elections (General) Regulations, 2012) as prescribed in the First Schedule of the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012
  • The names of a proposer and a seconder who shall be registered voters in the respective electoral area. In the case of a Party Candidate, the proposer and seconder must be members of the candidate’s party (Regulation 38(b) of the Elections (General) Regulations, 2012). In the case of an Independent Candidate, the proposer and seconder must not be members of any political party (Regulation 39(c) of the Elections (General) Regulations, 2012).

Additional requirements for independent candidates

There are a few additional requirements for independent candidates intending to vie for the position of a Member of County Assembly.

They should submit a clearance certificate from the Registrar of Political Parties. The certificate should certify that the person was not a member of any political party for the last three months before the elections. (Regulation 15(a) of the Elections (General) Regulations, 2012).

The candidate or their agent should provide a soft and a hard copy of at least 500 supporters in a form prescribed by IEBC. They should submit the form to the Constituency Returning Officer by a date set aside by IEBC.

They should also provide duly filled Form of Intention to Contest in the form prescribed by the election regulations. (Regulation 15(b) of the Elections (General) Regulations, 2012). In addition, the candidate should provide the symbol they intend to use during the election. IEBC should have approved the symbol in accordance with Section 32 of the Elections Act, 2011.

Lastly, the candidate should maintain a functioning office in their respective electoral area where they intend to contest. The office must be available for inspection by IEBC by a date the commission prescribes. The candidate should communicate the address, including the physical address of the office, to the commission.

Nomination Fees

The nomination fees are payable to the IEBC in form of a bankers cheque. They are:

  • KSh2,500 for a candidate who is a woman, a person with a disability or youth. Youth means an adult below the age of 35 years;
  • KSh5,000 for any other candidate.
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17 thoughts on “How to Become a Member of County Assembly (MCA) Kenya”

  1. Hello Mr George. I’m ambitious in vying for MCA position in my ward coming 2022. Kindly, I don’t have a form four certificate, can I still qualify to vie, please??

    • Hello Mr David. I would advise you to try and get that form four certificate (you can join the two years adult programme) and maybe even a diploma because IEBC might change the requirements for vying for MCA seat come 2022, even though parliament still has to approve them.

    • Hi Brian. IEBC submitted the proposals on the same to Parliament for 2017 elections, but the MPs never approved them. Now you have to just keep checking what will happen when we move towards 2022 elections.

    • Hello. The IEBC was considering to increase the requirement to vie for the position of MCA to a diploma by 2022 and degree for MPs (National Assembly and Senate). So, if that happens, you could still vie. Though at the moment, there are no minimum educational requirements in force.

  2. Iam happy to know this fruitful information. I am now ready to vie for MCA seat the year 2022 at Nakuru county Lare division.

  3. I WOULD LIKE TO CONTEST FOR THE MCA COMING 2017 GOD WILLING..IS IT ADVISABLE FOR ME TO START MY ARANGEMENTS?

  4. Thanks, i know that am already late in processing my candidature for the MCA’s seat in Namboboto/Nambuku ward,Funyula Constituency,Busia Country.My request, may you be having in mind of any party that I can quickly join and advance my quest?0721780079

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