There is a reprieve for governors as the court rules that they will no longer require degrees to vie for the seat.
This is after the High court Judge Anthony Mrima declared section 22(ii) of the election Act as unconstitutional.
“A declaration hereby issued that pursuant to article 180 subarticle 2 as read with section 183 of the constitution, the qualification for the election of a County Governor is similar to the eligibility for election as an MCA,” Mrima ruled
This is after a Kenyan Victor Buoga moved to court through lawyer Harry Arunda moved to court to challenge the section saying that it contravenes article 180(2) of the constitution by putting academic degree as a threshold for qualifications of candidates on election for the county governor.
The judge further ruled that the qualifications for both MCA and Governor should be similar.
The judgement shall take effect inthe next general elections.
“A declaration hereby issued that section 22 subsection 2 of the elections act contravenes articlw 180(2) by creating an avenue for differentiation between the eligiiloity requirements netween MCAs and County governors hence to that extent its unconstitutional,” court ruled
According to the act president,deputy president,county governor and the deputy must have a degree recognised in Kenya in order to vie for the seat.
Victor Buoga moved to court to challenge the section saying that it contravenes article 180(2) of the constitution by putting academic degree as a threshold for qualifications of candidates on election for the county governor.
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