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Qualifications for a Member of the County Assembly (MCA) in Kenya

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, there are qualifications for election as a Member of the County Assembly in Kenya. There are also guidelines that are a set of conditions that they must meet to qualify to vie for the seat.

A Member of the County Assembly (MCA) can serve for a term of five years and they are eligible for re-election for as many times as possible because there are no term limits for MCAs.

Qualifications for election as a Member of the County Assembly in Kenya

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 (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.

Requirements for the position of a Member of the County Assembly

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

At the moment, a university degree is not a requirement to vie for the position of a member of the county assembly.

The candidate or their agent 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 with white background in soft (electronic) and hard (printed) copy.

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 authorised 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 delivering a nomination application should at the same time deliver to the Constituency Returning Officer, standard A4 sheets of paper bearing the names, respective signatures and identity card numbers of five hundred voters registered in the ward, by a date set aside by IEBC.

The sheets of paper delivered above should—

  • be serially numbered;
  • each have at the top, in typescript, the wording at the top of Form 18; and
  • be accompanied by copies of the identity cards of the voters

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 for MCA Position

An application for nomination for candidature at a county assembly member election should be accompanied by a non-refundable nomination fee, in banker’s draft (banker’s cheque) of—

  • KES 2,500 for special interest groups, that is, the youth, women and persons with disabilities. Youth means an adult below the age of 35 years;
  • KES 5,000 for any other candidate.

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173 thoughts on “Qualifications for a Member of the County Assembly (MCA) in Kenya

  1. Noor Mohamed

    It was always a dream for me to vie for MCA and it is coming 2022 if Allah says. wish me good luck, guys.

  2. Leonard omondi

    By bad chance, we lost our MCA In Kahawa Wendani. And l am willing to vie for the position when the by-election will be done. Do the same rules apply in a by-election too?

    1. Yes, the same rules apply for a by-election for the MCA position.

  3. vincent simiyu

    The article is well elaborated. I thank you for this online publication. It is cost-effective for hustlers to get updated. Good job.

    1. Thank you for your appreciation and I hope you were educated.

  4. Boaz ondieki

    My KCSE mean grade is D+. Do I qualify to vie for the MCA seat?

    1. I don’t think the grade matters at all to qualify for the position.

  5. Koech J.

    Thank you, sir. I have learned a lot. God bless you and your work.

  6. JOHNSTONE MUENDO

    As of now, the requirements for vying for MCA seat is just the K.C.S.E Certificate, so don’t worry.

  7. erick dickson

    Can I be nominated as an MCA in my ward and what are the requirements?

    1. Did you read the article? It is literary has the requirements needed to become an MCA!

  8. Simon

    I truly want to vie for MCA seat 2022. My education background is NIL. Is my dream possible?

    1. NIL as in you have never been to school? Or what do you mean?

  9. fabian owino

    Hello, it has always been my dream to vie for a member of the county assembly, but I scored a D Plain. Can I get a chance with the grade?

    1. I don’t think the grade matters. But I would urge you to seek further education just in case the requirements change in future.

  10. william musyoka

    What are qualifications for a member of the youth council within the county?

    1. Look it up on their website and see if you can find the qualifications there.

  11. John mwendar

    You will need 500 voters to endorse your candidature for the MCA seat, assuming you are an independent candidate, must the 500 voters also be independent ie have no parties?

    1. They only require to be registered as voters.

    2. Kennedy Okore

      I would like to vie for an MCA POSITION and I don’t have KCSE Certificate (Form Two drop out). is it possible? Thanks.

      1. You can, but to be on the safe side, just find the adult programs available to complete high school in case the requirements change in future.

  12. Evans kennedy

    We have lazy MCA. If we collect signatures in the ward, can we impeach him?

    1. Check the County Governments Act for guidance on recalling MCAs.

  13. Richard Musomba

    What amount is required by IEBC for one to vie for MCA seat?

    1. The amount is indicated at the end of the post?

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