The county assembly is the law-making organ of the county government in Kenya. The county is one of the state organs that have been delegated power by the county government. Qualifications and requirements for election as member of county assembly
There are 47 county assemblies in Kenya and are unique to each of the 47 counties. Before establishing the role of an MCA in Kenya, it is important to be familiar with the role of the County Assembly in Kenya because they represent the MCAs.
Below is listed the roles of the County Assembly which includes the following:
- Approving the county government’s expenditure and financial blueprints.
- The county vets and assesses nominees for the appointment of county public offices.
- The county approves loaning’s by the county government.
- Receives and approves plans and policies.
- The county assembly makes by-laws and passing of bills into laws that are necessary for the smooth and effective running of the county government and any other county businesses.
- Oversee the County Executive Committee operations and other Executive organs.
- Exercises oversight over the County Executive Committee and other county executive organs.
- They facilitate public participation and involvement in legislation and other county assembly and its committee’s businesses. This objective is achieved through the organizing of public forums and collecting the electorate’s wishes, views, and opinions by the MCAs.
- The legislative authority of a county is vested in and exercised by, its County Assembly.
Qualifications for election as member of county assembly:
- Must have been a Kenyan citizen for at least 10 years before the election;
- Must be a registered voter;
- Must not owe allegiance to a foreign state;
- Is nominated by a Political Party or is an independent candidate;
- Must meet the statutory moral and ethical requirements under the Leadership and Integrity Act;
- Must not be a public officer or acting in any State of public office other than a Member of the County Assembly;
- Must not hold dual citizenship unless citizenship of the other country has been obtained by operation of law without capacity to opt out;
- Must not be an undischarged bankrupt;
- Must not be a person of unsound mind;
- Must not be subject to a sentence of imprisonment of at least six months from the date of registration of candidates or date of elections;
- Must not have been found to have abused or misused state or public office or contravened Chapter Six of the Constitution; and
- Must not have been dismissed or removed from public office for contravening the provisions of Articles 75, 76, 77 and 78 of the Constitution
- Nomination fees in a Banker’s Cheque payable to IEBC:
- 5,000 for candidates.
- 2,500 for a candidate who is a youth, a woman or a person with a disability.
Requirements for election as member of county assembly:
The Candidate must submit the following documents to the Commission during the Commission Nomination:
- A copy of a National Identity Card/valid Passport (the document used by the candidate to register as a voter)
- A Passport size photograph with white background submitted in 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 (Second Schedule of the Elections Act, 2011)
- A duly filled Commission Nomination Form, including an original Statutory Declaration Form for purposes of nomination (Regulation 18(3) Elections (General) Regulations, 2012) and an original Self-Declaration Form (Regulation 46 of Elections (General) Regulations, 2012)
Qualifications and requirements for election as member of county assembly For an Independent Candidate
- A Clearance Certificate from the Registrar of Political Parties certifying that the person was not a member of any political party for the last 3 months before the elections; (Regulation 15(a) (General) Regulations, 2012.
- An electronic and printed copy of a list of at least 500 supporters in the prescribed form, submitted to the Commission.
- A duly filled Form of Intention to Contest submitted to the Commission in the prescribed form.
- A symbol the candidate intends to use during the election, which has been approved by the Commission.
- Establish and maintain a functioning office in the respective electoral area where the candidate is contesting, which must be available for inspection by the Commission at least 45 days before the elections. The address, including the physical address of the office must be communicated to the Commission
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