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No education qualification needed for aspiring MCAs – IEBC

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022 16:09 | By
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IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati. PHOTO/Courtesy

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Thursday said that those eyeing the Member of County Assembly seats do not need any educational qualification.

The electoral commission said that it has abandoned its previous proposal that required aspirants to have university degrees to vie for the Ward Rep seats after the High Court declared the requirement unconstitutional.

"The court effectively nullified the requirement that a person must possess a degree from a university recognized in Kenya to qualify to be a Member of the County Assembly. In the forging circumstances, there is no educational requirement in respect of MCA aspirants," IEBC said.

The Commission, however, insisted that aspirants seeking MP seats must have university degrees noting that the court has not yet ruled on whether the requirement is constitutional or not.

Other aspirants who will also be required to have degrees to vie include those seeking President, Deputy President, Governor and Deputy Governor positions.

The electoral body's statement comes a year after various politicians raised issues with it when it demanded aspirants seeking any of the six elective positions in the August election to have university degrees.

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