MEMBERSHIP

Membership

Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, any person who accepts and shares in the vision and supports the objectives, policies, programmers and discipline of the Party shall be eligible to become a member of the Party.

  • A Person shall be eligible as an Ordinary Member, Senior Member, Associate Member and Diaspora member upon payment of a subscription fee determined by the National Executive Council with approval of the National Delegates Congress.
  • The Party shall keep a register of all registered party members with their identification details, region, ethnicity, gender and county

Ordinary Membership

  1. Any person over the age of 18 years shall be eligible to become an ordinary member of the Party upon acceptance of the Party’s ideology, vision, mission, guiding principles and values on undertaking to support its objectives, policies, programs and adherence to its Code of Conduct & Discipline.
  2. A person shall become an ordinary member upon payment to the Party of such an amount and annual subscription fee or other fees as determined by the National Executive Council with approval of the National Delegates Congress.
  3. An ordinary member shall have the right to vote and be voted for and take part in all activities of the Party and shall be eligible to vie and hold any office in the Party, access documents and information relating to the Party’s programs and activities.

Senior Party Membership

  1. Any person who has been an ordinary member of the Party for a continuous period of 15years shall be eligible to become a senior member of the Party on application to the Party National Executive Council and upon payment of such fees as shall be prescribed by the Party.
  2. A senior member shall pay to the Party at the headquarters an annual subscription fee or such amount as shall be prescribed by the National Executive Council with the approval of the National Delegates Congress.
  3. A senior member shall be eligible to hold any office in the Party and can apply to the National Executive Council for permission to observe at own cost the meetings of the General Council and the National Delegates Congress.

Associate Membership

  1. Any legal person, entity or organization, other than a registered political Party, can apply to the National Executive Council to be an associate member of the Party.
  2. An Associate member of the Party shall upon payment of a prescribed fee have rights and duties as an ordinary member.

Diaspora Members

Subject to the provisions of the Constitution of Kenya,  any other written law and this Constitution, any person in the Diaspora who accepts and shares in the ideology, vision, mission, guiding principles and values and supports the objectives, policies, programs and discipline of the Party shall be eligible to become a member of FORD-K.         

Rights and Duties of Members

Every member of FORD- K shall have the right to:

  1. Participate in the affairs of the Party and or any of its Committees in accordance with the Party Constitution and Rules;
  2. Participate in the review, formulation and development of the Party’s policies and programs in such manner and at such forum as provided for in this constitution;
  3. Have access to published Party records; and
  4. Be generally kept informed on matters of Party policy, administrative and organizational affairs.
  5. Shall market Party policies locally and in the Diaspora.

It shall be the duty of every member to:

  1. Acquire information on Party Policies, understand the Party Constitution and rules, ideology, vision, mission, guiding principles and values, vie for leadership and participate in its programs as provided for in its rules and procedures.
  2. Support and propagate the Party ideology, vision, mission, guiding principles and values and programmers and to portray the true Party image at all times;
  3. Support the Party financially, materially, intellectually, morally and in all other respects subject to the member’s volition, ability and capacity;
  4. Adhere to the Party discipline and Code of Conduct; Adhere to provisions of the Constitution of Kenya, The Elections Act, 2011, The Political Parties Act, 2011 and any other written laws of the Country.

Membership Register

There shall be a party membership register maintained at each of the party county offices and headquarter containing such membership details including the members identification details, region, ethnicity, gender and county of the member as provided for by the law governing operations of Political Parties.

Resignation and Expulsion

A member who intends to resign shall give a written notice prior to resignation to

  1. the Party Secretary General, County Executive Officer; or
  2. The Clerk of the relevant House of Parliament if the member is a member of parliament; or

Clerk of a County Assembly if the member is a member of a County Assembly.

  1. Such resignation shall take effect upon receipt of such notice by the Secretary General or the County Executive Officer of the party or clerk of the relevant house or county assembly.
  2. An elected President, Party official, Member of Parliament, Nominated Member of Parliament, Governor, Senator or County representative elected/Nominated on Party ticket loses the post held on behalf of the Party on resignation or defection from the Party through this provision and others made by the National Constitution and the Political Parties Act.
  3. In the event of a merger, the provisions of Section 11 (7) of the Political Parties Act, 2011 shall apply.
  4. A person resigning from the Party or withdrawing interest from a party post, or an application for an elective post shall not be entitled to a refund of any subscription or such other payment whatsoever that is made to the Party.
  5. The National Executive Council, with the approval of the General Council, may expel, suspend or exclude a Party member from carrying out any activities for gross misconduct or infringing this constitution, after having given such a member a fair and reasonable opportunity to answer and defend himself/herself on the allegations or charges against the member in accordance with the Rules of Natural Justice and internal party resolution mechanisms as provided for under this Constitution.

Written notice notwithstanding, a member quits the party if he/she:

  • forms another political party;
  • joins in the formation of another political party;
  • joins another political party;
  • publicly advocates for the formation of another political party;
  • Promotes the ideology, interests or policies of another political party.