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. A total of 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
Registered voters/turnout 5,602,110 67.69
Source: IPU


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