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Academic Qualifications of a Senator in Kenya


A candidate intending to become a senator in Kenya must meet a certain threshold. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) stipulates this threshold. IEBC provides the guidelines to vie for the position of a senator in Kenya.

A senator is a very important elected representative. He or she should protect and promote the interest of the country. A senator in Kenya also acts as a link between the national and the county governments.

NOTICE is hereby given to the public on the qualifications and requirements for candidates contesting for elective positions together with nominees to Party Lists in the upcoming General Election scheduled to be held on 9th August 2022

Qualifications of Senator  in Kenya

  • Must have been a Kenyan citizen for at least 10 years before the election;
  • Must not owe allegiance to a foreign state;
  • Must be a registered voter;
  • Is nominated by a Political Party or is an independent candidate;
  • 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 Parliament;
  • Must not hold dual citizenship unless citizenship of the other country has been obtained by operation of law without the 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


The Candidate must submit the following documents to the Commission during the Commission Nomination:

  • A copy of a National Identity Card/Valid Passport (the document used by the candidate to register as a voter)
  • A Passport size photograph with white background should be submitted in hard and soft copies.
  • 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 and dated Code of Conduct (Second Schedule of the Elections Act, 2011)
  • A duly filled Commission Nomination Form, including an original Statutory Declaration Form for purposes of nomination (Regulation 18(3) Elections (General) Regulations, 2012) and an original Self-Declaration Form (Regulation 46 of Elections (General) Regulations, 2012)
  • Nomination fees in a Banker’s Cheque payable to IEBC:
    • 50,000 for candidates
    • Kshs. 25,000 for a candidate who is a youth, a woman or a person with a disability

Senator  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
  • An electronic and a printed copy of a soft and a hard copy of a list of at least 2000 supporters in the prescribed form, submitted to the Commission.
  • A duly filled Form of Intention to Contest submitted to the Commission in the prescribed form,
  • A symbol the candidate intends to use during the election, which has been approved by the Commission
  • Establish and maintain a functioning office in the respective electoral area where the candidate is contesting, which must be available for inspection by the Commission at least 45 days before the elections. The address, including the physical address of the office, must be communicated to the Commission.
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