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Degree a requirement for MPs, MCA's, IEBC plots

12 August 2015, 19:16 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC has proposed amendments to the Elections Act to require those vying as Members of Parliament to hold a degree from a recognized university and a diploma for Members of County Assemblies MCA for the 2017 General Elections.

IEBC Chair Issack Hassan told Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee that all elective posts including MCAs will be require one to hold a degree by 2022.

He observed that raising minimum academic qualifications for elective offices was important to guarantee quality leadership.

" It is important that we have members of the legislature have basic university qualifications in-order to improve their level of service to Kenyans, " he said Wednesday in Nairobi.

The Elections Act states that only the President, Deputy President, Governors and Deputy Governors are required to hold a degree from a recognized university.

The Constitution and County Government Act do not specify academic qualifications for MCAs.

In the last general election, a similar rule was in place but MPs shunned it in a move that was designed to protect themselves from the law.

" I think it is only fair that Kenyans are able to choose their leaders from a pool of persons who have the required knowledge at university level," he added.

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