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Parliament name Parliament of Kenya
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name National Assembly
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senate
Electoral Law 21 August 1969
Last amendment: 2 December 2011
Mode of designation directly elected 337
other 13
Constituencies 290 single-member constituencies.
Voting system Majority: First-past-the post.
- 290 members are elected from constituencies.
- 47 women representatives are elected from counties (one per county).

Vacancies arising between general elections are filled through by-elections within ninety days of the occurrence of the vacancy.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- Kenyan citizenship
- Registered voters
- residence in the country

- Persons declared to be of unsound mind; and
- Persons who have been convicted of an election offence during the preceding five years.
Eligibility - qualified voters
- age: 18 years
- Kenyan citizenship
- persons registered as voters
- persons who have a post-secondary school qualification
- persons who satisfy moral and ethical requirements prescribed by the Constitution or by an Act of Parliament

- State officers or other public officers
- Members of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissions (unless they resigned five years prior to the elections)
- Persons who have not been a citizen of Kenya for at least the ten years
immediately preceding the date of election
- members of a county assembly
- persons of unsound mind
- undischarged bankruptcy
- persons subject to a prison sentence of at least six months, as at the date of registration as a candidate, or at the date of election;
- persons who have been found in accordance with any law to have misused or abused a State office or public office
Incompatibilities - government contractors
- State officer or other public officer
- members of the Senate
- members of a county assembly
Candidacy requirements - A non-refundable nomination fee of 10,000 shillings for a youth, woman or disabled candidate and 20,000 shillings for any other candidate.

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