Kenya: 1963 House of Representatives election results

Updated July 2010

The election was held between 18-26 May 1963 (Nunley 2006).

Voting statistics

Registered voters 2 583 000
Valid votes 1 843 879
Valid as % registered 71.3

Table source

Hartmann 1999, 485.

Women's representation

Seven women stood for election, but none were successful (Women's Shadow Parliament-Kenya 2008, 16.

1963 results

Note: Five seats remained vacant because of a Somali secessionist conflict on the border with Somalia (Hartmann 1999, 487).

Party Votes % Votes Seats % Seats
Kenya African National Union (KANU) 988 311 53.60 83 66.94
Kenya African Democratic Union (KADU) 476 218 25.83 33 26.61
African People's Party (APP) 137 008 7.43 8 6.45
Baluhya Political Union(BPU) 14 896 0.81 0 0.00
Coast People's Party (CPP) 9 135 0.50 0 0.00
Independent 218 311 11.84 0 0.00
Total 1 843 879 100.01 124 100.00

Table sources

Hartmann 1999, 485, 487.

Post 1963 election developments

On 12 December 1964 Kenya became a republic within the Commonwealth and Jomo Kenyatta, who had been Prime Minister from independence on 12 December 1963, was elected by Parliament as the first President (Nunley 2006). In December 1964 KADU dissolved itself to join KANU (Hartmann 1999, 476). In 1966 29 members of KANU broke away to form the Kenya People's Union (KPU), but a constitutional amendement was passsed forcing them to contest by elections in which 10 of the defectors lost their seats (Hartmann 1999, 476).

In 1968 the House of Representatives and the Senate were merged to form the National Assembly (Hartmann 1999, 476). On 30 October 1969 KPU was banned (Hartmann 1999, 476).

References

NUNLEY, AC 2006 "Elections in Kenya" IN African Elections Database, [www] http://africanelections.tripod.com/ke.html [opens new window] (accessed 14 July 2010).

HARTMANN, D 1999 "Kenya" IN Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (eds) Elections in Africa: A Data Handbook, Oxford Publishers.