HC Deb 22 June 1961 vol 642 cc157-8W
Mr. Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations if he will make a statement on the election of the first Legislative Council in Bechuanaland and on arrangements for its inauguration.

Mr. Sandys

A new Constitution, providing,inter alia for a Legislative Council having an elected unofficial majority with equal numbers of European and African unofficial members, was promulgated in the Bechuanaland Protectorate (Constitution) Order in Council of 21st December, 1960, which followed the proposals in Cmnd. 1159. Voting for the one Asian and the ten European elected members of the Legislative Council took place on 19th May, and the results were announced on 23rd May. The ten African elected members were elected by the African Council sitting as an Electoral College on 19th May. The first Legislative Council of the Bechuanaland Protectorate was opened in Lobatsi on Tuesday, 20th June, by the High Commissioner, who conveyed messages of good wishes from Her Majesty the Queen and from myself.

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