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The Law requires that where a fully registered political party intends to change its title; or name, it notifies the Registrar of its intention through a prescribed form (FORM PP10).  Below is a list of Political Parties change of names filed with the Registrar.

  

Cert. No

Former Name

Current Name

0005

Mwangaza Party

Chama Mwangaza Daima (CMD)

0015

Party of Action

Party of Development and Reforms (PDR)

0027

Jubilee Alliance Party

Jubilee Party (JP)

0031

Chama Cha Mwananchi

Kenya Patriots Party (KPP)

0038

Mkenya Solidarity Movement

People’s Empowerment Party  (PEP)

0046

Saba Saba Asili

Frontier Alliance Party (FAP)

0048

National Labour Party

Economic Freedom  Party (EFP)

0054

People’s Patriotic Party Of Kenya

Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM)

0056

Forum For Restoration Of Democracy (FORD- ASILI)

Forum For Republican Democracy (FORD)

0060

Democratic Labour Party

Vibrant Democratic Party (VDP)

0065

Double Double Alliance

Diligence Development Alliance (DDA)

 

Conservative Party changed its name to Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) in 2015; JAP changed its name to Jubilee Party (JP) in 2016. NAP-Kenya registered in 2000, changed its name to TNA; TNA and other 10 parties dissolved to join Jubilee Party (JP) in 2016.

Unless resigned, all members of the 10 parties that dissolved, regardless of year of registration, automatically became members of Jubilee Party (JP). 

NOTE: Change of name is a process upon decision by a party.

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.

What is a merger? 

A merger is the combination of two or more political parties into a single party (new or existing)

How do parties merge?

  • The political party follows its constitution and procedures and makes the decision to merge.
  • The merger agreement is then signed and deposited with the Registrar within twenty-one days of the signing.
  • The Registrar withdraws and cancels the certificates of registration of the political parties that have merged and gazettes the dissolution of the merged parties within seven days.
  • Certificate of full registration is then issued if a new political party is formed.

What are the Effects of Merger on:

 Membership

  • A member of the political party that has merged with another will become a member of the new political party.
  • A member who is a President, Deputy President, Governor or Deputy Governor, Member of Parliament or member of a County Assembly, and does not want to be a member of the new political party after the merger will continue to serve in such elected office for the remainder of the term, and may join another political party or choose to be an independent member within thirty days of the registration of the new party.

Party particulars

  • The particulars including the names, symbol, logo, slogan and colours of the parties are removed from the register of political parties and such names, symbols, logos, slogans and colours are not available for registration by any person as a political party in the subsequent election following the merger.
  • The records, assets and liabilities, rights and obligations of all the dissolved political parties will be the records, assets and liabilities, rights and obligations of the new political party including their entitlement to the Political Parties Fund.

Read 11 Parties Dissolve, Merge to Jubilee

 

What is a Coalition?

A coalition means an alliance of two or more political parties formed for the purpose of pursuing a common goal. There are pre-election and post-election coalitions.

What is the Process of entering into a coalition?

The political party follows its constitution and procedures and makes the decision to enter into a coalition. The coalition agreement is then signed and deposited with the Registrar. The coalition agreement must contain details on:

  • the parties which are members of the coalition; 
  • the policies and objectives of the coalition; 
  • the structure of the coalition; 
  • the coalition election and nomination rules
  • the dispute resolution mechanisms and procedures
  • the formula and the mechanisms for sharing of funds from the Political Party Fund to the respective member of the coalition
  • the grounds for dissolution and the procedures to be followed amongst others.

What are the effects of a Coalition to individual parties?

  • Each party in the coalition is still recognized as a legal entity and has an independent legal existence. 
  • Need not register a coalition name, slogan or symbol, but may use such other name, slogan or symbol in popularizing the coalition.
  • No candidate is nominated on a coalition ticket.

 

The table below shows Coalition agreements deposited with the ORPP prior to the 8th August 2017 General Election.

# Name of Coalition                 Constituent Parties                           Date   Deposited
1. The National Super Alliance (NASA) Coalition   Orange Democratic Party, Wiper Democratic- Movement Party, FORD Kenya, Amani National Congress and Chama Cha Mashinani 22nd February 2017
2.   Tunza Coalition   Party of Action and Roots Party    Withdrawn
3  Coalition agreement between WIPER Democratic Movement Party and Chama Cha Uzalendo  Chama Cha Uzalendo and Wiper Democratic Movement Party  24th April 2017
4.  WIPER Democratic Movement Party  and Muungano Party (MP)  WIPER Democratic Movement Party  and Muungano Party (MP) 27th April 2017

 

 

 

 

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