1931 Kenyan general election

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General elections were held in Kenya Colony in 1931. Five of the eleven white seats in the Legislative Council were uncontested, with Lord Delamere amongst those returned unopposed.[1] Unlike previous elections, which were boycotted by the Indian population, this time the community participated. Fourteen candidates including two independents contested the five Indian seats. However, seven of them declared that they would not take their seats on the Council if elected until the separate voter rolls for whites and Indians were scrapped.[1]


European seats
Constituency Candidate Votes % Notes
Coast Robert Robertson-Eustace Re-elected
Kenya John Cotter Elected
Kikuyu Corney Durham Re-elected
Lake Conway Harvey Re-elected
Mombasa Frederick Bemister Elected
Nairobi North Hamilton Ward Re-elected
Nairobi South Helmith Schwartze Re-elected
Plateau North James Kirkwood Re-elected
Plateau South Thomas O'Shea Re-elected
Rift Valley Hugh Cholmondeley Unopposed Re-elected
Ukamba Francis Scott Re-elected
Indian seats
R D Doshi Elected
A U Sheth Elected
Dhanwant Singh Elected
Hakim Singh Elected
Abdul Wahid Elected
Arab seat
Abdulla bin Salim Re-elected
Source: Hansard[2]

Appointed members[edit]

Position Member
Ex officio members
Attorney General A D A MacGregor
Chief Native Commissioner Armigel de Vins Wade
Colonial Secretary H M M Moore
Commissioner for Local Government, Lands and Settlement H T Martin
Commissioner of Customs G Walsh
Director of Agriculture Henry Wolfe
Director of Education H S Scott
Director of Medical and Sanitary Services John Langton Gilks
Director of Public Works Howard Lecky Sikes
Kenya and Uganda Railway General Manager Godfrey Dean Rhodes
Treasurer H H Rushton
Appointed officials
Chief Veterinary Officer Hamnett Holland Brassey Edwards
Officer Commanding Northern Brigade R Wilkinson
Postmaster General Thomas Fitzgerald
Provincial Commissioner, Coast L A Feild Jones
Provincial Commissioner, Masai E B Horne
Provincial Commissioner, Nzoia Oscar Ferris Watkins
Provincial Commissioner, Rift Valley H R Montgomery
Solicitor-General Thomas Dundas Hope Bruce
Surveyor-General S F Deck
Appointed unofficial members
Member to represent African interests George Burns
Source: Hansard[2]


The newly elected Legislative Council met for the first time on 2 June.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Kenya Elections: White Settlers And Closer Union", The Times, 18 April 1931, p9, Issue 45800
  2. ^ a b c Kenya National Assembly Official Record (Hansard) 1931