Presidential Election 2017 Qualifications Kenya – Education, Age, and Political Party

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For one to be a candidate for a presidential job in Kenya, he must have some qualities and accomplishments. Level of education is basic for example.

Candidate for Election as President (and Deputy President Candidate)


  • Must be a Kenyan citizen by birth
  • Must not hold dual citizenship
  • Must not owe allegiance to a foreign state
  • Must be qualified to stand for election as a member of Parliament
  • Must be a registered voter
  • Must be a holder of a degree from a University recognized in Kenya
  • Must be nominated by a Political Party or is an independent candidate

A Party Candidate or an Independent Candidate or their authorized agent must submit the following documents to the Commission during the Commission Nomination:

  • Certified copy of a degree certificate in accordance with Section 22(2) of the Elections Act, 2011 and Regulation 47 of Elections (General) Regulations, 2012
  • Where the body that issued the degree certificate is not based in Kenya, a certified copy of the certificate must be authenticated and/or equated by the Commission for Higher Education.
  • A certified copy of a national identity card/valid passport (the document used by the candidate to register as a voter)
  • A passport size photograph of the candidate for election as president
  • If the candidate was a public officer, a letter of discharge from the employer confirming that he or she was not in employment as at February 7, 2017. This requirement does not apply to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament
  • 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 Code of Conduct (Second Schedule of the Elections Act, 2011)
  • A duly filled Commission Nomination Form 12, including:
An original Statutory Declaration Form made not earlier than one month before the nomination day [Regulation 18(3) 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
For both Party and Independent Candidates, a soft and a hard copy of a list of at least 2000 supporters from a majority of the counties in the prescribed form, submitted to the Commission Headquarters by January 24th 2013 [Regulation 18(1) of the Elections (General) Regulations, 2012]. The supporters of a Party Candidate must be members of the candidate’s party while those of an Independent Candidate must not be members of any political party
The names of a proposer and a seconder who shall be registered voters: (i) 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] (ii) 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]
  • Nomination fees in a Banker’s Cheque payable to IEBC: Kshs. 100,000 for a candidate who is a woman, a person with a disability or youth. Youth means an adult below the age of 35 years · Kshs. 200, 000 for any other candidate

Additional requirements for Independent Candidates:

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; i.e. as at May 8, 2017 [Regulation 15(a) of the Elections (General) Regulations, 2012]
A duly filled Form of Intention to Contest in the prescribed form [Regulation 15(b) of the Elections (General) Regulations, 2012]
A symbol that the candidate intends to use during the election, which has been approved by the Commission, in accordance with Section 32 of the Elections Act, 2011
Establish and maintain a functioning office within Kenya, which must be available for inspection by the Commission. The 3 address, including the physical address of the office must be communicated to the Commission [Regulation 20(1) and (2) of the Elections (General) Regulations, 2012]