How To Be A Nominated MCA In Kenya

Before the general election, most candidates for president go through a series of state primaries and caucuses. Though primaries and caucuses are run differently, they both serve the same purpose. They let the states choose the major political parties’ nominees for the general election.

How To Be A Nominated MCA In Kenya

  1. A candidate should submit specific documents to the IEBC during the nomination process.
  2. Submit a copy of your National Identity Card or passport that you used to register as a voter.
  3. Provide a passport photo in soft and hard copy.
  4. Provide a resignation letter if you were employed that is signed and stamped by your employer. It should show you were not at work for the last six months to the general elections.
  5. Provide a nomination certificate from a registered political party nominating the candidate. This only applies for a party candidate.
  6. Submit a duly signed code of conduct.
  7. Provide a well filled Commission Nomination Form 18 including Original statutory Declaration Form, original self-declaration form, etc.
  8. Have a clearance certificate from the Registrar of political parties.
  9. Have a duly filled form of intention to contest in the prescribed form
  10. Maintain an active functioning office in your respective ward where you intend to contest.

IEBC MCA Requirements

  1. Be a Kenyan citizen for at least 10 years before elections.
  2.  Be a registered voter.
  3. Be an independent candidate or nominated by a political party.
  4. Does not hold dual citizenship.
  5. You should not owe allegiance to a foreign state.
  6. Have no criminal record.
  7. Should resign from working as a public officer.
  8. Should be a person of sound mind.
  9. Should be of 18 years of age and above.
  10. Should not have been dismissed from public office for contravening provisions of articles 75,76,77 and 78 of the constitution.

How To Apply For Nominated MCA

  • Nominees to the National Assembly –
  • Nominees to the Senate
  • Youth Nominees to the Senate
  • Persons with Disability Nominees to the Senate
  • Marginalized Group Nominees to the County Assembly
  • Gender Special Seats Nominees to the County Assembly (For Gender Top Up)


  • Must have been a Kenyan citizen for at least 10 years before the election;
  • Must be a registered voter;
  • Must not owe allegiance to a foreign state;
  • Certification of Disability from the relevant institution as prescribed by the Commission;
  • Must meet the statutory moral and ethical requirements under the Leadership and Integrity Act;
  • Must not be a public officer or acting in any State of public office other than a Member of the County Assembly or National Assembly as the case may be.
  • Must not hold dual citizenship unless citizenship of the other country has been obtained by operation of law without capacity to opt out;
  • Must not be an undischarged bankrupt;
  • Must not be a person of unsound mind;
  • Must not be subject to a sentence of imprisonment of at least six months from the date of registration of candidates or date of elections;
  • Must not have been found to have abused or misused state or public office or contravened Chapter Six of the Constitution; and
  • Must not have been dismissed or removed from public office for contravening the provisions of Articles 75, 76, 77 and 78 of the Constitution