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    Kenyan voters turn out on Monday (14 October) to elect a new Parliament.

    During the campaign?

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    Kenyan voters turn out on Monday (14 October) to elect a new Parliament.

    During the campaign -- to elect the second Parliament since independence in 1963 -- the emphasis was on the personality of the candidates rather than their policies.

    Kenya is a de facto one-party state and there is no doubt the Kenyan African National Union will hold all 158 seats in the Parliament.

    President Jomo Kenyatta has already been re-elected unopposed for his third five-year term in office. But apart from a handful of other candidates who are standing unopposed there are no certainties over the results.

    One candidate who is facing great pressure in his seat is the Foreign Minister, Dr. Njoroge Mungai. He is defending his seat of Dagoretti -- a Nairobi suburb -- against four opponents.

    The strongest of these is Dr. Johnstone Muthiora, who has been successfully campaigning on the argument that Dr. Mungai neglected his constituency to concentrate on Foreign Affairs duties and that he used his position as President Kenyatta's personal physician for electoral gain.

    Another Minister who has been campaigning vigorously is Dr. Julius Keino, the Minister for Commerce and Industry.

    Because of the high illiteracy rate in Kenya candidates will be identified by symbols as well as by names on voting papers. Dr. Keino, whose symbol is a lamp, has been using this at his election meetings in an effort to link himself firmly to the symbol which appears on the voting form.

    SYNOPSIS: Monday was declared a public holiday for the election.

    Whatever the outcome it appears some of the country's present Ministers may to be re-elected...as happened in 1936 when five were ousted from Parliament.

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