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Qualifications for a Member of the County Assembly 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.

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.

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

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 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 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 for MCA Position

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

  • KSh2,500 for a candidate who is a woman, a person with disabilities or a youth. Youth means an adult below the age of 35 years;
  • KSh5,000 for any other candidate.

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94 thoughts on “Qualifications for a Member of the County Assembly in Kenya

  1. Collins Juma 3 years ago

    Thank you. I’m a student of a certain college and I would like to vie for the MCA seat 2022, what can I do?

  2. Mwanasiti Hassan 3 years ago

    One must have a diploma certificate to stand for the MCA sit or even a high school certificate.

  3. Daniel Mutuku 3 years ago

    The national identity card, or passport plus citizenship have appeared to be the key factors to be considered plus education credentials for one to contest for the MCA position.

  4. Babu 3 years ago

    Update me on any educational changes for MCA position. Will the diploma certificate be required to be specific? Or just any diploma from any course? In a case where your course took you 6 months for you to get the diploma.

    1. George Githinji 3 years ago

      Subscribe to this blog and you will be notified when we update this article. Doesn’t a diploma take two years? You will have to confirm with IEBC in your case.

  5. kiptoo Jc 3 years ago

    In case of a vacant post of a county assembly speaker, how long will the deputy act on his/her capacity?

  6. Kiptoo JC 3 years ago

    Hi! I’ve been following all along. Thanks for your updates.

      1. Kiptoo Jc 3 years ago

        Hi! If in a nomination, aspirant(A) emerges the winner but closely following is aspirant (B) who is a PLWD. Can the disability be considered?

  7. Vincent Kurgat 3 years ago

    I will start my teaching profession from next year, 2020 Jan. Have been appointed by TSC to teach at a particular school. I also yearn to vie for MCA in 2022. How will I play my cards to ensure that I don’t lose my job if it happens that I lost the MCA position?

    1. George Githinji 3 years ago

      Teachers are considered public officers, so you will have to quit your job six months to the general elections and provide a letter of discharge from your employer. But to get better advice, I would advise you to write to IEBC and TSC.

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