IEBC

THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION 

This is the commission in charge of elections in Kenya. It is responsible for;

  • Conducting or supervising referenda and elections.
  • Registering citizens as voters and educating voters.
  • Drawing the boundaries of constituencies and wards.
  • Regulating the process by which parties nominate candidates for elections.
  • Settling electoral disputes.
  • Observing, monitoring and evaluating elections.
  • Developing a code of conduct for contesting candidates and parties.

Here we see a woman putting her vote into a sealed box.

Her vote will be counted later and will help to decide who will become the members of parliament.

 

Requirements for a parliamentary candidate

In the constitution, a person qualifies to become a member of parliament if he or she:

  • Is registered as a voter.
  • Satisfies educational, moral and ethical requirements as shown by the constitution.
  • Is nominated by a political party or is an independent candidate who is supported:
    • By at least 1000 registered voters in the constituency if a person wants to be elected to the National Assembly.
    • By at least 2000 registered voters if a person wants to be elected to the Senate.

How one may lose a parliamentary seat

  • If a Member of Parliament dies.
  • If a member is absent for eight sittings without written permission from the speaker.
  • If the member resigns from parliament by writing to the speaker.
  • If a member resigns from the political party through which he or she was elected.
  • If an independent candidate joins a political party.
  • If the house of parliament is dissolved by the speaker.
  • If a member is disqualified for election for any reason, for example bankruptcy or insanity

Members of Parliament work here, in the National Assembly.

 

Requirements for a civic candidate

In order to qualify to contest a seat, a person must satisfy the following requirements of the law:

  • Should be a registered voter.
  • Should satisfy educational, moral and ethical requirements prescribed by the constitution.
  • Should either be nominated by a political party or should be an independent candidate supported by at least 500 registered voters.

 

How one may lose a civic seat

  • If a member dies.
  • If a member is absent for eight sittings of the assembly without written permission from the speaker.
  • If a member writes a letter of resignation to the speaker.
  • If a member resigns from the party through which he or she was elected.
  • If an independent candidate joins a party.
  • If the term of the assembly ends.
  • If a member is disqualified for election for any reason, for example bankruptcy or insanity