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We have received numerous complaints from citizens to have been enlisted by political parties that they never subscribed to.  To curb this fraud, and for accountability and transparency, we are working round the clock to clean up parties membership register. 

The law requires that membership recruitment be consented to upon registration by a person being enrolled; and that only party members would be allowed to participate in the party primaries. 

Should you find yourself registered as a Member of a Political Party that you didn’t apply for, follow the procedure below and we will remove your details;

1) Write a letter of resignation/complaint, with your details to the party.

2) Attach a copy of ID to the letter.

3) Send a copy of your letter and ID to our office, or scan and forward to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Please note that all resignation letters MUST be sent to a political party that recruited you. ORPP only receives copies of the same through hand delivery, or scanned documents to the e-mail above. 

We do not register members on behalf of parties. Parties forward to us list of recruited members. Joining another party is an individual choice. Simply contact the party you would like to join. 

We encourage all Kenyans to check their status. 

 

 Download ORPP Job Application Form

  

JOB APPLICATION FORM
  • Please fill 2 copies of this form in neat BLOCK letters
  • Do not leave any section blank, sections that do not apply should be marked N/A.
  • Submit dully completed forms to the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties

SECTION 1: PERSONAL DETAILS

 

1. Vacancy Applied For

2.  Personal Details of the Applicant

Gender:

If yes, give;

Alternate Contact person

SECTION 2: EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND (starting with the highest Qualification)

 

 

 School/ College/University/ Institution e.t.c  Duration  Award / Attainment (Degree, diploma, certificate )  Course Undertaken  Grade Attained
   From  To      
           
           
           
           
           

SECTION 3: EMPLOYMENT HISTORY (starting from the most recent)

 

 

 Employer’s name  Duration  Position Held  Monthly gross salary
   From  To    
         
         
         
         
         

SECTION 4: DISCIPLINARY

Tick on the box provided where applicable

If yes, please tabulate in the table below:

Offence Year of Conviction Detail of confinement/Imprisonment
     
     
     
     
     

 

SECTION 5: MEDICAL HISTORY

SECTION 6: REFEREES

13.  Referees (people who have interacted with your professionally)

SECTION 8: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

I certify that the particulars given on this form are correct and understand that any incorrect /misleading information may lead to disqualification and/or legal action

Date: ………Signature of the Applicant..................................................

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There can be no party without members are the lifeline of a party. The Political Parties Act places members at the core of Kenyan parties so as to allow them to play roles in the society. 

Since a political party is a legal entity with its own rights and responsibilities, it has a liberty within its constitution to decide who and the criteria one needs to satisfy to become a member. But all members must be Kenyan citizens and registered voters. A person shall not be a member of more than one political party at the same time.

The Registrar is the custodian of all the political parties membership database. 

It is an offence to register a person as a member of a political party without his/her consent. A political party must at any time keep updated and accurate party membership list to be available for the members and the public at the party head office and all party county offices.

 

Membership Recruitment Process 

Political parties recruit members using the specified Party Membership Verification Forms. The party constitution must spell out the membership recruitment requirements. The party must keep and continuously update a membership list. The recruitment process includes the following elements:

     ⦁ These forms are filled in respect of every member of the party and are duly signed.

     ⦁ The party must introduce membership card of a specific standard.

     ⦁ The party and the member must complete the member verification form.

     ⦁ The party forwards details of the member through the political parties membership software (PPMS). 

     ⦁ The Registrar verifies and validates the uploaded membership in the PPMS.

     ⦁ Once a person’s has been verified into the membership register of a political party, the person becomes a member of that party.

 

Resignation from Political 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— 

      ⦁ the political party; 

      ⦁ the clerk of the relevant House of Parliament, if the member is a member of Parliament; or

      ⦁ 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:

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

      ⦁ 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. 

Download Political Party Membership Manual for full details

 

 

 Download the list of ORPP County Monitors here Contacts of ORPP County Offices.  For any official enquiry, please contact them directly on the provided official telephone numbers. 

Regulation of Political Parties

Financial Administration
Political parties require financial resources to sustain and operate a basic party structure. Section 23 of the Act established the Political Parties Fund.  This is administered by the Registrar with the reason to ensure that funds are used prudently. The sources of funds for a political party are:

  • The political parties fund (Fund);
  • Membership fees;
  • Voluntary contributions from a lawful source;
  • Donations, bequests and grants from any other lawful source, not being from a non-citizen, foreign government, inter-governmental or non-governmental organization; and
  • The proceeds of any investment, project or undertaking in which the political party has an interest.

The goal of the Fund is to assist political parties to fulfill their roles in a democratic society, especially in non-election periods. It equally promotes accountability, transparency and fair competition between parties. This in essence is aimed to curb corrupt practices while promoting several constitutional and enshrined rights.
It includes such funding purposes as:

  • Promoting the representation in Parliament  and in the county assemblies of women, persons with disabilities, youth, ethnic and other minorities and marginalized communities;
  • Promoting active participation by individual citizens in political life;
  • Covering the election expenses of the political party and the broadcasting of the policies of the political party;
  • the organization by the political party of civic education in democracy and other electoral processes;
  • Bringing the political party's influence to bear on the shaping of public opinion; and administrative and staff expenses of the political party which shall not be more than thirty per cent of the moneys allocated to the political party.

The Act provides for distribution of the fund, restriction of sources, disclosure and audit of the Fund.  The purposes for which the fund is to be utilized are set out in the Act and are identified simply as those compatible with democracy.

 Party Management

A party must have an organizational structure at national and county level with all relevant and elected party bodies and organs. The governing body must reflect regional and ethnic diversity and representation of minorities and marginalized groups. Not more than two-third of the members of the governing body are of the same gender. The party must demonstrate that members of the governing body meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution and the laws relating to ethics.

It is therefore a requirement that every political party in Kenya must have a:

  • National character.
  • Have democratically elected governing body.
  • Promote and uphold national unity.
  • Abide by the democratic principles of good governance, promote and practice democracy through regular, fair and free elections within the party.
  • Respect the rights of all persons to participate in the political process, including minorities and marginalized groups.
  • Respect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.
  • Respect and promote gender equality and equity.

The party must have a clear management structure including roles and responsibilities and the procedures to be followed. To address potential conflicts in the party, it must have permanent dispute and conflict resolution mechanism. Among the documents required for a political party are:

  • Party constitution.
  • Nomination rules and procedures.
  • Internal party election rules and procedures.
  • Party policy document(s).
  • Party policy reporting document.

Records
Political party documents are fundamental for party institutionalizing, inclusive participation, education of party members and the public at large, accountability and transparency and responsible representation.

The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties may request copies of documents to be furnished upon request. Any person who interferes, damages or destroys any record or fails to furnish any document required commits an offence. A member of a political party may, during working hours and on payment of the prescribed fee, inspect and obtain copies of the records maintained at its head office or county office.

Therefore all political parties must have accurate and authentic records including:

  • Party constitution
  • Party nomination rules and internal election rules
  • Party manifesto and other policy documents including policy
  • Reporting document
  • Party strategic plan
  • Names and contact details of party officials and party elected representatives to public offices
  • Party budget, particulars of contributions including membership dues paid, latest audited accounts as well as particulars of properties.

County Office

For a party to be registered, it is required to open party county offices in at least half of the counties. More importantly, the office should be functional. Party county offices are there to provide the services of the party to its members and the public at large.

Among the many functions a party county office may provide are:

  • The members of the party and the public to have access to the party.
  • Party outreach activities and purposes.
  • For internal activities and the running of the party affairs.
  • For keeping of records in accordance with sec.17 of the Act.
  • For membership recruitment and membership list updating.
  • For keeping records of all party officials and all party elected representatives.
  • For keeping the particulars of the office including the person in Charge Being the prime point of contact with IEBC and the representatives of the Registrar at the county office, the county Political Party Liaison Committee (PPLC), Government agencies, IEBC Peace Committees and other relevant actors.
  • Liaise with the party members in the County Assembly.
  • Prepare regular reports to the party head office.

According to the Act, the minimum requirements are that the office is functioning, keeps the records and is available for party members and the public including providing copies of records upon request.

 

pdfPolitical Parties Code of Conduct

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