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A member of a political party who intends to resign from the political party shall give a written notice prior to his resignation to;

    (a) the political party, if the member is an ordinary member; 

   (b) the clerk of the relevant House of Parliament, if the member is a member of Parliament; or 

   (c) the clerk of a county assembly, if the member is a member of a county assembly.

 

Resignation documents submitted to the registrar should include a copy of:

   1) Resignation letter from a member received and stumped by a political party.

   2) National ID, or Passport used to register as a voter.

 

The resignation of the member of the political party shall take effect upon receipt of such notice by the political party or clerk of the relevant House or county assembly.

The political party of which the person is a member, the member, or the clerk of the relevant House of Parliament or of a county assembly of which the person is a member shall notify the Registrar of such resignation within seven days of the resignation.

Upon receiving the notification, the Registrar shall cause the name of such member to be removed from the membership list of that political party.

A person shall not be a member of more than one political party at the same time.

The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) continues to regulate political parties to ensure that they comply with the Political Parties Act, 2011.The Office anticipates to promote political pluralism and tolerance by ensuring effective consultations among political parties as the country prepares for 2017 General Elections.

The electoral cycle is at a critical juncture as political parties gear towards party primaries in the month of April, 2017 in line with the electoral timelines.The Office acknowledges the important role political parties play in the promotion of good governance and democracy in our country.  However, it is important to underscore that democracy can only strive in a peaceful environment during party primaries. ORPP endeavors to work with political parties and other stakeholders to promote peaceful nominations and adherence to the rule of law.   

It is noted that intra-party wranglesare on the increase and are turning violent. The office directs political parties to resolve the differences harmoniously using internal dispute resolution mechanisms as stipulated in party’s constitutions. Further, the Office will monitor compliance to the Code of Conduct for political parties during the upcoming political parties’ primaries.  Kindly note that all Secretary Generals, as the Accounting Officers of political parties execute the Code of Conduct under schedule 2 of the Act.  

The Code of conduct among others provides that: - a political party- 

a)“Shall not engage in or encourage violence by its members or supporters”.

g) “obstruct, disrupt, breakup or in any other way whatsoever interfere with a meeting, rally or demonstration of another political party or its leadership’’.

h) “Establish or maintain a para-military force, militia or similar organization on having any links with such organizations’’.

This trend of violence, as was witnessed recently must be rebuked in the strongest terms possible. While ORPP has a role of ensuring that the political parties’ Code of Conduct is not breached, political parties have the responsibility of ensuring that political party constitutions are adhered to and binds all the political parties members, candidates and their supporters.  This Office shall impose the appropriate sanctions as mandated by the Act including:

  • A formal warning;
  • Suspension of registration of a Political Party;
  • withholding of Political Parties Funds and
  • de-registration of a political party.

ORPP Statement

The Political Parties Code of Conduct

 

Registration of any association of persons or organization as a political party occurs upon application for the same to the Registrar of Political Parties. Registration of a party is a two stage process: 

• Provisional registration, and

• Full registration

Provisional Registration 

The Political Parties Act 2011, Sec 6 states that an application for the provisional registration of a proposed political party shall be in writing and be signed by the applicant. An application for provisional registration shall—

  • include signed minutes of the first meeting of the founding members of the political party;
  • set out the name of the political party;
  • if the political party wishes to use an abbreviation of its name for the purposes of this Act, set out that abbreviation;
  • be accompanied by a copy of the constitution of the proposed political party which shall  comply with the law; 
  • include a request for the registration of the symbol of the political party.
  • include an undertaking to be bound by this Act and the Code of Conduct set out in the First Schedule; and
  • be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

Upon application for registration under subsection (1), the Registrar shall, within thirty days of the association or organization fulfilling the conditions prescribed in section 6, issue that association or organization with a certificate of provisional registration.

A political party that has been provisionally registered as per conditions above shall, not later than one hundred and eighty days from the date of provisional registration, apply to the Registrar for full registration.

Conditions of Full Registration

The Political Parties Act 2011, Sect 7 provides that an application for full registration of a political party shall be in writing and shall be signed by an authorized official of the political party. A provisionally registered political party shall be qualified to be fully registered if— 

  • it has recruited as members, not fewer than one thousand registered voters  from each of more than half of the counties;
  • the members referred to in paragraph shall reflect regional and ethnic diversity, gender balance and representation of minorities and marginalized groups;
  • the composition of its governing body reflects regional and ethnic diversity, gender balance and representation of minorities and marginalized groups;
  • not more than two-thirds of the members of its governing body are of the same gender;
  • it has demonstrated that members of its governing body meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution and the laws relating to ethics; 
  • it has submitted to the Registrar a list of the names, addresses and identification particulars of all its members; the location of its head office, which shall be a registered office within Kenya and a postal address to which notices and other communication may be sent; and the location and addresses of the branch offices of the political party, which shall be in more than half of the counties; 
  • be accompanied by the prescribed fee; and
  • it has undertaken to be bound by this Act and the Code of Conduct set out in the First Schedule.

The Registrar shall, within thirty days of an application, issue a certificate of full registration to a provisionally registered political party which has fulfilled the conditions of full registration. A person who is not a citizen of Kenya shall not be appointed to any office or be a member of a political party in Kenya.

 

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