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Roles of The Elected President

  • Is the head of state and national government;
  • Is the commander-in-chief of the Kenya Defence Forces;
  • Is the chairperson of the National Security Council;
  • Is a symbol of national unity;
  • Safeguards the sovereignty of the Republic;
  • Promotes and enhances the unity of the Nation;
  • Promotes respect for the diversity of the people and communities of Kenya;
  • Ensures the protection of human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law; and
    Chairs Cabinet meetings.

Election Requirements For The President

  • Must be a Kenyan citizen by birth;
  • Must be a registered voter
  • Must not owe allegiance to a foreign state;
  • Is qualified to stand for election as a member of Parliament;
  • Is a holder of a degree from a University recognized in Kenya;
  • Is nominated by a Political Party or is an independent candidate;
  • Must not be a public officer or acting in any State of public office other than, President, Deputy President or Member of Parliament;
  • Must meet the moral and ethical requirements under the Leadership and Integrity Act;
  • Must not hold dual citizenship unless citizenship of the other country has been obtained by operation of law without capacity to opt out;
  • Must not be an undischarged bankrupt;
  • Must not be a person of unsound mind;
  • Must not be subject to a sentence of imprisonment of at least six months from the date of registration of candidates or date of elections;
  • Must not have been found to have abused or misused state or public office or contravened Chapter Six of the Constitution; and
  • Must not have been dismissed or removed from public office for contravening the provisions of Articles 75, 76, 77 and 78 of the Constitution.


(All requirements for a presidential candidate apply to a deputy presidential candidate)

William Ruto


Rigathi Gachagua

Deputy President