3 Things You Need to Know to Participate in Party Primaries


The Political Parties Act requires that political parties hold party primaries at least 60 days before the election day. This means that during election years, parties will be holding their primaries by the end of May. This process determines the aspirants who carry the party flags on for various elective posts during the August General Elections.

Party primaries provide an opportunity for members of political parties to nominate aspirants of their choice to appear on the ballot papers for different elective posts. If you are looking to participate in party primaries, here’s what you need to know:

1. You must be a Member of a Political Party
To participate in any party’s nomination, you need to be a registered member of that party. According to the law, you cannot exercise your democratic rights at the nomination level by participating in party primaries for a party which you are not a member. Most parties rush to ensure they beat the requirement of registering at least 1000 people per 24 counties yet they do not enter them in their register. This could make it difficult to prove membership for persons who want to participate in party primaries.

2. Your Name must be on the Party Register
Members of political parties whose names do not appear on the party register cannot participate in party primaries. In some occasions, the names of registered party members may be omitted from the party register as a result of failing to regularly update the register. Political parties are expected to come up with clear registers that can easily be verified and used to clear members to participate in party primaries. The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties has a responsibility to ensure authenticity of political party registers.

3. You Must be a Registered Voter
Registering as a voter is key when it comes to democracy. It is therefore a rule in Kenya that in order to exercise your democratic rights by participating in any kind of voting, you must be a registered voter. This includes voting in general elections, referenda and in this case, political party primaries.



  1. Nicky 5 March, 2017 at 10:28 Reply

    but what if you have registered and your name did not appear on the ballot paper can you still vie or it is nullified because this happened in other years leading to tussles at the poling station

  2. Flora 9 March, 2017 at 07:05 Reply

    must you be a registered voterin that region for you to vie for a post in that region so as to register and be on political list and on ballot paper

  3. Belinda 9 March, 2017 at 16:57 Reply

    is there age limit for vying for the post in any post in and qualifications because what happened if you win and then your are not given certificate for lack of qualifications

  4. leon 20 March, 2017 at 11:40 Reply

    what if you are on political party list but you have been implicated in corruption but not taken to court for corruption but you have appending case can you still run for the position in primaries.

  5. Phill 1 April, 2017 at 08:02 Reply

    what are the rule for nominating an individual what criteria do a party use so as an individual is allowed to vie for party primaries

  6. Matei 4 April, 2017 at 07:47 Reply

    what if the individual is not given party nomination certificate and it is given to another individual who did not qualify on the primaries can you appeal in the law court for you to be given the certificate

  7. Nziwa 17 April, 2017 at 05:00 Reply

    where do the party get the list of the voter and or the party uses the party member to elect the individual for the party primaries. because i know not many people usually are not registered as party members

  8. Eliza 25 April, 2017 at 15:33 Reply

    in case there party nomination and it is not transparent how will this be handled because you may find that the party did not employ enough machinery to handle the nomination or resources people were not allowed to vote will this be irregularity

  9. alex 16 May, 2017 at 17:08 Reply

    well the corruption is always the lie way for the rich and the rich are the one in the for front of the party and the poor are one who are compelled to vote in is there way to make it free and fair.

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