1978 Kenyan presidential election

Presidential elections were held in Kenya on 8 November 1978, the first not to be held concurrently with parliamentary elections. They followed the death in office of President Jomo Kenyatta in August 1978. The then-Vice President, Daniel arap Moi, who was sworn in as Acting President for a 90-day interim period beginning at the moment of Kenyatta's death,[1] was the sole candidate and was automatically elected without a vote being held.

1978 Kenyan presidential election
8 November 1978
Not held
Daniel Arap Moi ran unopposed


  1. ^ Kuria 1991, p. 121; Assensoh 1998, p. 67; Cullen 2016, p. 521.


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