Kenyan general election, 1961
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Twenty seats were reserved for minority communities; ten for whites, eight for Indians and two for Arabs. There were also twelve appointees. Primary elections were held for the reserved seats by members of the respective communities, and candidates receiving at least 25% of the vote advanced to the main elections.
Of the 1,411,117 registered voters, 29,879 (2.18%) were Indian, 19,332 (1.37%) white and 5,472 (0.38%) Arabs.
Nine constituencies (with a total of 353,251 registered voters) were uncontested, reducing the number of actual voters to 1,057,866.
|Kenya African National Union||590,661||67.5||19|
|Kenya African Democratic Union||143,079||16.3||11|
|Baluhya Political Union||28,817||3.3||1|
|New Kenya Party||28,284||3.2||4|
|Kenya Indian Congress||10,488||1.2||3|
|Kenya Freedom Party||5,263||0.6||2|
|Kenya National Congress||4,561||0.5||0|
|Shungwaya Freedom Party||3,748||0.4||1|
|Coast People's Party||1,693||0.2||0|
|Tana River Pokomo Union||699||0.1||0|
|Asian Hindu independents||4,648||0.5||0|
|Asian Muslim independents||11,880||1.3||3|
|Source: Sternberger et al|