The High Court has declared Section 22 (ii) of Elections Act requiring governors to have university degrees unconstitutional.
Judge Anthony Mrima said the qualifications for both Members of County Assembly (MCAs) and governor should be similar.
“A declaration is hereby issued that pursuant to Article 180(2) as read with 183 of the constitution the qualification of the election of a county governor is similar to the legibility for election as that of a Member of County Assembly,” Mrima said.
Sections 22(2) of the Election Act states that a person may be nominated as a candidate for election as President, Deputy President, county governor or deputy county governor only if the person is a holder of a degree from a university recognised in Kenya.”
This followed a petition by Victor Buoga, who had contested the requirement by gubernatorial aspirants to have degree certificates.