1979 Kenyan general election

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] Although the post of President of Kenya was due to be elected at the same time as the National Assembly, Daniel arap Moi was the sole candidate and was automatically elected without a vote being held. Following the elections, a further 12 members were appointed by President Moi.[2]

1979 Kenyan presidential election
8 November 1979
Not held
Daniel Arap Moi ran unopposed


Kenya African National Union3,733,537100.001580
Appointed members120
Valid votes3,733,53798.45
Invalid/blank votes58,9561.55
Total votes3,792,493100.00
Registered voters/turnout5,602,11067.70
Source: IPU


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