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    More than four million Kenyans went to the polls on Monday (14 October) in Kenya's second general election since independence.

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    More than four million Kenyans went to the polls on Monday (14 October) in Kenya's second general election since independence.

    All 740 candidates fighting for the 158 seats in the National Assembly represented the ruling Kenya African National Union (K.A.N.U.) which has been the only political party since 1969.

    All seats were contested by at least two candidates and in some cases by as many as 10.

    The only non-African was Mr. Philip Leakey, who failed in his bid to become the first white Kenyan elected to Parliament.

    Also defeated were three Cabinet Ministers including Foreign Minister Njoroge Mungai. He was beaten by Dr. Johnstone Muthiora in the Nairobi constituency of Dagoretti by 8,533 votes to 6,399. Two other candidates polled less than 1000 votes.

    Except for a scuffle in Busia District, there was n violence during the election. However, more than 300 people were arrested mainly for trying to impersonate another voter or to vote twice.

    The election day was declared a public holiday and all bars and nightclubs closed.

    SYNOPSIS: No violent incidents were reported during the election. However, more than three hundred people were arrested throughout the country for trying to impersonate someone or voting twice. The palm and finger of every voter were marked with indelible ink.

    There other Cabinet Ministers also lost their seats. Kenya's President, Jomo Kenyatta, was returned unopposed. All the candidates at the election represented the ruling Kenyan African National Union. All seats were contested by at least two candidates - in some cases by as many as ten. Kenya has been a defacto one-party state since nineteen sixty-nine.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA60XV8CK6J7E51RJ63CWTII60T
    Media URN:
    VLVA60XV8CK6J7E51RJ63CWTII60T
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/10/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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