Kenyan Ministers watched on Friday (23 August) as President Jomo Kenyatta was nominated as the only candidate for October's Presidential election.
GV PAN FORM Parliament Tower TO State Law Office
CU Kenyan Emblem
SV INT Delegates applaud a Vice President Moi hands over nomination papers to Mr. Montgomery who speaks in English and Swahili PAN TO audience applauding
SCU Attorney General informs President by telephone (speaking in Swahili)
SV EXT PAN FORM Traditional dancers cheering TO Moi and ministers on steps
SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS, MR. N. J. MONTGOMERY: "Please inform his excellency the President that he has been nominated as the only candidate for the Presidency."
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Background: Kenyan Ministers watched on Friday (23 August) as President Jomo Kenyatta was nominated as the only candidate for October's Presidential election. President Kenyatta will therefore be elected unopposed for his third five year term.
His nomination papers, signed by 1,000 members of the ruling Kenya African National Union (KAUN) were handed to Supervisor of Elections Mr. N.J . Montgomery, by Vice President Daniel Arap Moi.
President Kenyatta, who is on a working holiday in Mombasa, was telephoned by the Kenyan Attorney General, Mr. Charles Njonjo, who congratulated him on his unopposed return to office.
President Kenyatta's exact age is not known but he is in his 80's.
In the General Election on October 14 there will be 737 contestants for 158 parliamentary seats. Among the candidates are 12 women.
SYNOPSIS: October is General Election month in Kenya and now nomination are being sent to the State Law Office in the capital, Nairobi.
On Friday a very special nomination was handed over to the Supervisor of Elections by Vice President Daniel Arap Moi.
It means that President Jomo Kenyatta is automatically elected unopposed for his third five year term as President of Kenya. His nomination papers had been signed by one thousand members of the ruling Kenya African National Union.
Attorney General Charles Njonjo immediately informed President Kenyatta, who is on a working Holiday to Mombasa.
He congratulated the President, who is in his eighties, on his unopposed return to office. President Kenyatta has been Kenyan head of state since independence.
In the general election seven hundred and thirty seven candidates are standing for one hundred and fifty eight parliamentary seats.