With the creation of a Senate ââ which is expected to be powerful ââ and the positions of governorship, politicians will be spoilt for choice. This, however, poses a headache for those who have been MPs and ministers.
Given the powers Cabinet ministers enjoy, political observers say many would be divided on which positions to go for.
Among positions that will be contested for are the presidency and the deputyship. The two positions require two politicians to pair up as running mates. If they do not win, they risk being relegated to political doldrums because they will not be allowed to contest for other seats while seeking the top jobs.
The top two positions will therefore require a lot of soul-searching, consulting and weighing of oneâs chances. "The era of running for presidency for the purpose of making history is gone. The race now belongs to serious candidates who are convinced and ready to take the risk because after losing, you remain an ordinary citizen," says University of Nairobi political scientist Dr Adams Oloo.
The Committee of Experts proposed a powerful Senate, in line with democracies that have embraced a pure presidential system of government.
Candidates for the 47 Senate seats are likely to be people with influence across districts.
Political observers and legal experts say deciding on what positions to go for may be dictated by the power to be wielded, cost of campaign, ability and personal pride.
"Some of the ministers may opt to become senators because each county will have several constituencies under it or go for governorship to feel powerful," says Lawyer James Mwamu.
There are those who feel the cost of contesting a Senate seat will be prohibitive to some candidates, including ministers who are not well endowed financially.