Frequently asked questions


YES. Section 43(5) of the Elections Act 2011 states that “a public officer who intends to contest an election under this Act shall resign from public office at least six months before the date of election”. However, this does not apply to the President; the Deputy President; member of Parliament; a county governor; a deputy county governor; and a member of a county assembly.

President and Running Mate
1. Must be a Kenyan citizen by birth
2. Must not hold dual citizenship
3. Is qualified to stand for election as a Member of Parliament
4. Must be a registered voter
5. Is a holder of a degree from a University recognized in Kenya
6. Is nominated by a Political Party or is an Independent Candidate

Governor and Running Mate
1. Must be a Kenyan citizen for at least 10 years before the election
2. Must not hold dual citizenship
3. Must be a registered voter
4. Is a holder of a degree from a University recognized in Kenya
5. Is nominated by a Political Party or is an Independent Candidate

Senator
1. Must be a Kenyan citizen for at least 10 years before the election
2. Must not hold dual citizenship
3. Must be a registered voter
4. Is a holder of a Diploma certificate or other post secondary qualification acquired after a period of three months recognized by the relevant Ministry
5. Is nominated by a Political Party or is an Independent Candidate

Member of National Assembly and County Woman Representative
1. Must be a Kenyan citizen for at least 10 years before the election
2. Must not hold dual citizenship
3. Must be a registered voter
4. Is a holder of a Diploma certificate or other post secondary qualification acquired after a period of three months recognized by the relevant Ministry
5. Is nominated by a Political Party or is an Independent Candidate

Member of County Assembly
1. Must be a Kenyan citizen for at least 10 years before the election
2. Must not hold dual citizenship
3. Must be a registered voter
4. Is a holder of a Diploma certificate or other post secondary qualification acquired
5. Is nominated by a Political Party or is an Independent Candidate

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