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Qualifications for election as member of county assembly – MCA

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Elections are around the corner and political parties are preparing to hold nominations for various position. One of such positions in that of Member Of County Assembly (MCA)

But not everybody can vie for this position as there are requirements in the Constitution of Kenya guiding position of MCA.

Here is an excerpt of Qualifications for Member of County Assembly – MCA.


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(1) Unless disqualified under clause (2), a person is eligible for election as a member of a county assembly if the person–

(a) is registered as a voter;
(b) satisfies any educational, moral and ethical requirements prescribed by this Constitution or an Act of Parliament; and
(c) is either–

(i) nominated by a political party; or
(ii) an independent candidate supported by at least five hundred registered voters in the ward concerned.

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Disqualification as Member of County Assembly

One can however lose their position or seat as member of county assembly (MCA) if they fail in the following:


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(2) A person is disqualified from being elected a member of a county assembly if the person–

(a) is a State officer or other public officer, other than a member of the county assembly;
(b) has, at any time within the five years immediately before the date of election, held office as a member of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission;
(c) has not been a citizen of Kenya for at least the ten years immediately preceding the date of election;
(d) is of unsound mind;
(e) is an undischarged bankrupt;
(f) is serving a sentence of imprisonment of at least six months; or
(g) has been found, in accordance with any law, to have misused or abused a State office or public office or to have contravened Chapter Six.

(3) A person is not disqualified under clause (2) unless all possibility of appeal or review of the relevant sentence or decision has been exhausted.

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