Kenyan general election, 1979

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General elections were held in Kenya on 8 November 1979. At the time, the country was a de facto one-party state with the Kenya African National Union being the sole party to participate in the election. 742 KANU candidates stood for the 158 National Assembly seats, with more than half of the incumbents (including seven ministers) defeated. Voter turnout was 67.3.[1] Following the election, a further 12 members were appointed by President Daniel arap Moi.[2]


Party Votes % Seats +/-
Kenya African National Union 3,733,537 100 158 0
Invalid/blank votes 58,956 - - -
Total 3,792,493 100 158 0
Source: IPU


  1. ^ Kenya: One party elections (1969-1988) EISA
  2. ^ Kenya Inter-Parliamentary Union