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Qualifications for a Member of Parliament (MP) in Kenya

Member of Parliament (MP) is eligible for election for a five-year term and can be re-elected as many times as possible since there are no term limits for MPs in Kenya.

To qualify as a candidate for the position of a Member of Parliament in Kenya, you must:


*Be a Kenyan citizen for at least 10 years before the election;

*Not hold dual citizenship (unless, according to IEBC, the citizenship of the other country has been obtained by operation of law without the capacity to opt-out);

*Not owe allegiance to a foreign state;

*Be a registered voter;

*Be nominated by a Political Party or is an independent candidate;

*Meet the statutory moral and ethical requirements under the Leadership and Integrity Act;

*Not be a public officer or acting in any State of public office other than a Member of Parliament;

*Not be an undischarged bankrupt;

*Not be a person of unsound mind;

*Not be subject to a sentence of imprisonment of at least six months from the date of registration of candidates or date of elections;

*Not have been found to have abused or misused state or public office or contravened Chapter Six of the Constitution;

*Not have been dismissed or removed from public office for contravening the provisions of Articles 75, 76, 77 and 78 of the Constitution;

*Be at least 18 years of age.

The educational requirements for an MP in Kenya is a university degree from a recognized university and this will take effect in the 2022 general elections and beyond unless there is amendment of law before then.

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