1974 Kenyan general election

14 October 1974
Presidential election
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Candidate Jomo Kenyatta
Party KANU

President before election

Jomo Kenyatta

Elected President

Jomo Kenyatta

Parliamentary election
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Party Leader % Seats +/–
KANU Jomo Kenyatta 100% 158 0
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Speaker of the National Assembly before Speaker of the National Assembly after
Humphrey Slade
Humphrey Slade

General elections were held in Kenya on 14 October 1974. 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. 740 KANU candidates stood for the 158 National Assembly seats, with 88 incumbents (including four ministers) defeated. Voter turnout was 56.5%.[1][2] Although the post of President of Kenya was due to be elected at the same time as the National Assembly, Jomo Kenyatta was the sole candidate and was automatically elected without a vote being held. Following the election, a further 12 members were appointed by President Kenyatta.[3]


Kenya African National Union2,627,308100.001580
Appointed members120
Registered voters/turnout4,654,465
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Kenya: One party elections (1969-1988) EISA
  2. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Michael Krenneric & Bernhard Thibaut (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p486 ISBN 0-19-829645-2
  3. ^ Kenya Inter-Parliamentary Union