The requirement that governors have a university degree has been struck down by the high court this morning.
According to Justice Antony Mrima, section 22(2) of the act is invalid.
In accordance with the Law, “a person may be nominated as a candidate for election as President, Deputy President, County Governor, or Deputy County Governor only if he or she has a degree from a university recognized in Kenya.”
According to Judge Mrima, this provision ran contrary to Article 180 of the Constitution, which states that one must be qualified for election as a Member of the Constitutional Assembly in order to run for the office of Governor.
The decision made by Justice Mrima was that the qualifying requirements for election as an MCA are quite similar to those required for election as a County Governor.
Justice Mrima declared that those without a degree who want to run for governor may do so in the same way as MCA candidates do.