HC Deb 20 June 1932 vol 267 c754

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware of the feeling in Burma that, in view of the nature and extent of the omissions, the course proposed by the Government of revising the existing electoral rolls in Burma is inadequate; and whether he will take steps to ensure that, in order that the forthcoming elections on the constitutional issue are as representative as possible, new electoral rolls shall be drawn up?


I will amplify the answer which I gave to a similar question on 30th May. The electoral rolls were prepared from the rolls of assessment to the various taxes liability to which is a qualification for the vote. All persons whose names appeared in any one of these assesment rolls were automatically included in the electoral rolls, together with all other persons who appeared to possess the other qualifications specified in the Electoral Rules. It is surely evident that lists of voters so comprehensively composed in the first instance, when amended, as the Government of Burma have arranged shall be done, by the inclusion of any additional persons who can satisfy the enrolment officers that they possess the necessary qualification, will be no less complete than rolls prepared afresh on the same qualifications.

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