Record Modified: Aug 16 2023

Dec. 27, 2002 Held


Republic of Kenya

Election for Kenyan National Assembly

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At stake in this election:

  • 210 seats in the National Assembly.

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Daniel Toroitich arap MOI
  • Head of Government: President Daniel Toroitich arap MOI
  • Assembly: Kenya has a unicameral National Assembly (Bunge) with 224 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by qualified plurality vote to serve a 5-year term.*
  • In the National Assembly (Bunge), 210 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies, 12 members are appointed by the president and 2 members are reserved ex officio.

* In addition to receiving the largest number of votes in absolute terms, the presidential candidate must also win 25% or more of the vote in at least five of Kenya's seven provinces and one area to avoid a runoff.

Main Parties in the electoral race:

  • Coalition: National Rainbow Coalition (NARC)
    • Leader: Mwai Kibaki
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
    • Seats won in this election: 125
  • Party: Kenya African National Union (KANU)
    • Leader: Uhuru Kenyatta
    • Seats won in last election: 107
    • Seats won in this election: 64
  • Party: Forum for the Restoration of Democracy - People (FORD-P)
    • Leader: Simeon NYACHAE
    • Seats won in last election: 3
    • Seats won in this election: 14
  • Other Parties
    • Seats won in this election: 7

Population and registered voters:

  • Population: 32,691,980 (2002)
  • Registered Voters: 10,451,150 (2002)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 16,377,104 (2002)

·         Is Kenya a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Kenya ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (9 March 1984)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 16 (National Assembly) (following the 2002 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 145 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Medium (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Kenya a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Kenya ratified CRPD: Yes (19 May 2008)

·         Population with a disability: 4,903,797 (est.)