The politics of Kenya take place in a framework of a presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the President of Kenya is both head of state and head of government, and of a multi-party system in accordance with a new constitution passed in 2010.

political party is an organized group of people who have the same ideology, or who otherwise have the same political positions, and who field candidates for elections, in an attempt to get them elected and thereby implement the party’s agenda.

Political culture

Kenya‘s system is one with characteristics comparable with a two-party system, since two dominant political parties c.q. coalitions have dominated since the last general elections in 2007. However, it has been a multi-party system since 1992 and one of the ruling coalitions consists of several parties. Kenya had over 160 registered political parties as of November 2007.[1]

Following the implementation of several Political Parties Acts starting with the 31 December 2008 act, the number of political parties has been coming down considerably since. With the lapse of the registration period set out in the political parties act on 30 April 2012, twenty-four political parties had gained registration certificates while 22 others had applied for registration.

The parties

Parties with Registration Certificates

Agano Party (AP)

* Thirdway Alliance Party of Kenya  

United Green Movement (UGM PARTY) 

Parties awaiting Certificates

Historic

How to register a political party

The Political Parties Act, 2011 provides for the registration, regulation, and funding of political parties.

There are two steps of registering a political party:

a) Provisional registration. Applicants are required to: 

Name Search: Name, symbol, and colour. 

Provide Party Constitution. 

Submit Minutes of the founding members. 

Sign Code of Conduct. 

Submit a written application filed in the prescribed form.

Pay the prescribed fee (Ksh. 100,000.00) in bankers cheque.

b) Full registration Requirements: 

1000 members in at least 24 counties: regional diversity, gender, minorities and marginalized

Governing body: 2/3 gender principle; Chapter 6 of the Constitution; Integrity test in accordance with the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012.; List of names address and IDs of members

Location and address of Head Office and at least 24 county offices

Duly signed Code of conduct

Prescribed fee (Ksh. 500,000.00) in bankers cheque

How much it costs to register a political party

The fees payable to the Office of the Registrar:

Search fee – Kshs. 500.00

Provisional registration – Kshs. 100,000.00

Full registration – Kshs. 500,000.00

Note: Political parties that meet the threshold provided under Sec 25(2) of the PPA 2011 are eligible for funding for the political parties fund. 

They can also get their funding from donations, membership contributions and other lawful sources.

How to cease to be a member of a political party

Voluntary resignation – by giving a resignation letter to the party and/or Registrar.

Expulsion – through the established party mechanisms.

Deeming – where a member acts in a manner that suggests he is in or supporting another political party, apart from a party that is in the same coalition.

Natural attrition – when a person dies they automatically cease to be a member of a party.

Write a letter of resignation. Address it to the secretary general of the party from which you are resigning. Submit copies of the letter, and your ID to our offices, or scan and e-mail to info@orpp.or.ke

If a party fraudulently enlists you, you can write to the Registrar who will then delete your details. Send a complaint e-mail with National Identification Number included to info@orpp.or.ke

List of All Registered Political Parties in Kenya

This is a list of all registered political parties in Kenya as of 2019 by The Registrar Of Political Parties.

[PARTY CODE] [PARTY NAME] [ABBREVIATION] [SYMBOL] 

001 NATIONAL RAINBOW COALITION – (KENYA NARC- KENYA) – (FLOWER) 

002 THE NATIONAL VISION PARTY (NVP) – (LIGHT HOUSE) 

003 THE LABOUR PARTY OF KENYA (LPK) – (STAR) 

005 MWANGAZA TU PARTY (MTP) – (NYUMBA) 

007 PARTY OF INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES OF KENYA PICK- (CHILD) 

008 RESTORE AND BUILD KENYA (RBK)- (THE RISING SUN) 

009 KENYA NATIONAL CONGRESS (KNC) – (KEY) 

010 MAZINGIRA GREENS PARTY OF KENYA (MGPK) – (TREE) 

011 NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT (NDM) (GREEN COMPASS) 

012 WIPER DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT – KENYA (WDM-K) – (UMBRELLA) 

013 DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF KENYA (DP)- (LANTERN) 

014 PARTY OF NATIONAL UNITY (PNU) – (TWO TORCHES WITH FLAMES) 

015 PARTY FOR DEVELOPMENT AND REFORM (PDR) – (BULL) 

017 AGANO PARTY (AGANO) – (LAMB)

019 KENYA SOCIAL CONGRESS (KSC) –  (BROOM) 

021 ORANGE DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT (ODM) – (ORANGE) 

022 PEOPLES PARTY OF KENYA (PPK) – (MICROPHONE) 

023 FORUM FOR RESTORATION OF DEMOCRACY – KENYA (FORD- KENYA) – (LION)

025 PROGRESSIVE PARTY OF KENYA (PPOK) –  (BATTERY TORCH) 

027 JUBILEE PARTY (JP) – (CLASPED HANDS) 

028 MODERN ALLIANCE PARTY (MAP) – (CAMERA) 

029 NATIONAL RAINBOW COALITION (NARC) – (TRADITIONAL AFRICAN TORCH) (MWENGE) 

030 KENYA AFRICAN DEMOCRATIC UNION – ASILI (KADU – ASILI) – (COCONUT TREE) 

031 KENYA PATRIOTS PARTY (KPP) – (WHEEL) 

032 SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF KENYA (SDP) – (SAA)

033 KENYA AFRICAN NATIONAL UNION (KANU) – (COCKEREL) 

034 SAFINA SAFINA SAFINA 

036 CHAMA CHA UZALENDO (CCU) – (WHISTLE) 

037 NATIONAL AGENDA PARTY OF KENYA (NAPK) – (TEACHER) 

038 PEOPLES EMPOWERMENT PARTY (PEP) – (ELEPHANT)

039 PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP) (TRADITIONAL AFRICAN BANJO) 

040 NEW DEMOCRATS (ND) – (BRIDGE)

041 UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT (UDM) – (A CRANE) 

042 SHIRIKISHO PARTY OF KENYA (SPK) – (FISH) 

044 PARTY OF DEMOCRATIC UNITY (PDU) – (DRUM) 

045 SISI KWA SISI PARTY (SSP) – (TRAIN) 

046 FRONTIER ALLIANCE PARTY (FAP) – (A MILKING GUARD) 

047 FARMERS PARTY (FP) – (MAIZE PLANT) 

048 ECONOMIC FREEDOM PARTY (EFP) – (ACACIA TREE) 

049 FEDERAL PARTY OF KENYA (FPK) – (FIST) 

050 MUUNGANO PARTY (MUUNGANO) – (TWO INTERLOCKING RINGS)

051 NATIONAL PARTY OF KENYA (NPK) – (BOOK) 

052 MZALENDO SABA SABA PARTY (MSS) – (OPEN DOOR) 

054 CHAMA CHA MASHINANI (CCM) (THE TRUMPET) 

055 ALLIANCE FOR REAL CHANGE (ARK) – (ARK) 

056 FORUM FOR REPUBLICAN DEMOCRACY (FORD) (TWO FINGERS RAISED) 

058 REPUBLICAN LIBERTY PARTY (RLP) – (THE HORSE) 

059 ROOTS PARTY OF KENYA (RPK) – (THE TREE)

061 CITIZENS CONVENTION PARTY (CCP) – (FISHING NET) 

062 AMANI NATIONAL CONGRESS (ANC) – (OLIVE BRANCH) 

063 DEVOLUTION PARTY OF KENYA (DPK) – (TAP WITH RUNNING WATER) 

064 UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY (UDP) – (SHIELD) 

065 DILIGENCE DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE (DDA) – (OSTRICH) 

066 PEOPLES TRUST PARTY (PTP) – (ARROW) 

067 MAENDELEO CHAP CHAP PARTY (MCCP) (ROAD) 

068 DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (DC) – (BUTTERFLY) 

069 LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (LDP) – (SATELLITE DISH) 

070 GREEN CONGRESS OF KENYA (GCK) – (GREEN TREES) 

071 NATIONAL LIBERAL PARTY (NLP) – (GIRAFFE) 

072 MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRACY AND GROWTH (MDG) – (MAIZE) 

073 ALTERNATIVE LEADERSHIP PARTY OF KENYA (ALPK) – (BURNING CANDLE)

074 UKWELI PARTY (UP) – (U-SHAPED SUGARCANE) 

075 EMPOWERMENT AND LIBERATION PARTY (ELP) – (TUSHIKANE)

076 THIRDWAY ALLIANCE KENYA (TAK) – (CAMEL) 

077 JUSTICE AND FREEDOM PARTY (JFP) (A HAND HOLDING FREEDOM TORCH) 

078 GRAND DREAM DEVELOPMENT PARTY (GDDP) (SACK OF DREAMS) 

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