HC Deb 21 March 1956 vol 550 c1240
52. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the principal findings of the Keith Lucas Commission upon the Port Louis, Mauritius, Municipal Elections; and what further action he is taking in this matter.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The Commission found the conduct of local government elections in Mauritius to be unsatisfactory, particularly with regard to the registration of electors, and it has recommended certain changes in the existing law and practice on these matters. I understand that the Report is being debated in the Colony's Legislative Council during this month and that appropriate legislation will be introduced shortly afterwards. Copies of this Report have been placed in the Library of the House.

Mr. Johnson

Does the Minister not think that the behaviour of the independent mayor, Mr. Mohamed, was perfectly scandalous in allowing minors and aliens to vote in key wards to his own advantage? Will he not suspend the town council of Port Louis, at least until the end of the year, when elections take place?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I hope the hon. Member will realise that any further action which is required on the findings of the Commission is the concern of the Mauritius Government.

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