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Kenya: Legislative Council Election 1957


Reference code(s): GB 0101 ICS 43

Held at: Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Title: Kenya: Legislative Council Election 1957

Date(s): 1956-1957

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 file

Name of creator(s): Not known


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1957 Kenya was a British Crown Colony, governed by a Legislative Council with 54 Members. The 1957 election was the first in which African members were elected to the Legislative Council through a restricted franchise. A Luo trade unionist, Tom M'boya, together with other Africans promoted to ministerial posts, refused to assume official responsibilities. A constitutional conference was held in London in January and February, 1960, that led to a transitional constitution legalizing political parties and giving Africans a comfortable majority on the Legislative Council.


Scope and content/abstract:

Press cuttings and lists of candidates and parties for Kenya Legislative Council Election 1957; comprising general cuttings, cuttings on individual candidates W B Akatsa (Nyanza North), C M G Argwings-Kodhek (Nairobi), Tom Mboya (Nairobi), C T Munei (Rift Valley), O Odinga (Nyanza Central), B A Ohanga (Nyanza Central), G Orinda (Nyanza South), J K Tipis (Rift Valley); cuttings on constituencies; and cuttings on political parties and groups the Capricorn Africa Society, the Nairobi District African Congress, the Reform Party and the United Front.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Four bundles: General cuttings sorted by date; individual candidates; constituencies and political organizations and groups.

Conditions governing access:

Open although advance notice should be given. Access to individual items may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Library staff. Copies are supplied solely for research and private study. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Information Resources Manager.

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The source of acquisition by ICS is not known.


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Archivist's note: Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions: General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd edition, 2000. National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Oct 2001

Elections | Electoral systems | Internal politics

Personal names
Akatsa | W B | fl 1957 | Kenyan politician
Kodhek | C M G Argwings- | fl 1957 | Kenyan politican x Argwins-Kodhek | C M G
Mboya | Tom | fl 1957 | Kenyan politician
Munei | C T | fl 1957 | Kenyan politician
Odinga | O | fl 1957 | Kenyan politician
Ohanga | A | fl 1957 | Kenyan politician
Orinda | G | fl 1957 | Kenyan politician
Tipis J K | fl 1957 | Kenyan politician

Corporate names
Capricorn Africa Society
Kenya Legislative Council
Nairobi District African Congress
Reform Party, Kenya
United Front, Kenya

Kenya | East Africa