§ 57. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies on what grounds Syrians are not permitted to vote in local government elections under the new franchise regulations in Sierra Leone.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
This matter was recently debate in the Sierra Leone Legislative Council, which decided that no aliens should be entitled to vote in local government elections but that there should be no restriction in this respect on racial grounds against any persons born in the territory. Legislation will shortly be introduced to give effect to this decision.
§ Mr. Sorensen
Do I understand from the right hon. Gentleman that Syrians who are naturalised or born in Sierra Leone will be entitled to the franchise?