This article focuses on the qualifications and requirements for those seeking various elective positions in Kenya as 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, (Regulation 15(a) (General) Regulations, 2012.
- A soft and a hard copy of a list of at least 2000 supporters for President, 500 supporters for Governor, 2000 supporters for Senate, 1000 supporters for National Assembly (including Woman County Representatives) and 1000 supporters for Ward County Assembly in the prescribed form, submitted to IEBC.
- A duly filled Form of Intention to Contest in the prescribed form (Regulation 15(b) (General) Regulations, 2012.
- A symbol the candidate intends to use during the election, which has been approved by IEBC, 21 days before Commission Day.
- Establish and maintain a functioning office in the respective electoral area where the candidate is contesting, which must be available for inspection by IEBC at least 45 days before the elections. The address, including physical address of the office must be communicated to the commission.
A nomination paper submitted by an Independent Candidate to the Commission shall;
- Contain the candidate’s name as it appears in the register of voters.
- Be signed by the candidate, proposer and seconded by who shall be voters registered in the respective electoral area.
- The proposer and seconder shall not be members of any political party.
- Show the respective electoral area for the proposer and seconder.
- Be delivered to the returning officer personally by the candidate himself or herself or by a person authorised by the candidates on the date set for nominations for that election.