HC Deb 22 January 1959 vol 598 cc47-8W
Mr. Bottomley

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement about the boycotting of Legislative Council elections by the national organisations in the Aden Colony.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

An attempt was made by certain Arab nationalist organisations in Aden to persuade the popula- tion to boycott the recent elections: the Aden T.U.C. supported this movement. Nevertheless a large number of candidates offered themselves and, of the 12 persons elected, 9 were Arabs. The actual number of persons who voted was slightly greater than on the occasion of the last elections, though the percentage of those registered who voted was a good deal smaller.

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