Prime Minister Ian Smith's Rhodesian Front Party gained a victory in the country's first republican election yesterday (Friday, April 10).
Prime Minister Ian Smith's Rhodesian Front Party gained a victory in the country's first republican election yesterday (Friday, April 10). Two hours after the polls closed it was found the Rhodesian Front Party has won 26 of the 50 white-elected seats in the new Parliament. Final results showed that Mr. Smith's Party had won all the 50 seats.
The election was the first since the Smith regime seized independence from Britain in November, 1965. Last month it proclaimed Rhodesia a republic.
Among those defeated were Centre Party Candidates Party leader Pat Bashford and Mr. Bick McNally, a lawyer. The Centre Party is opposed to the Rhodesian Front's legislation enforcing greater separation of Rhodesian whites and Africans. Mr. McNally ran against external Affairs Minister Jack Howman, and was defeated by 913 votes to 577.
In the five-cornered contest in Salisbury city the Rhodesian Front candidate, Mr. Ted Sutton-Price scraped home with a 40-vote majority over his main opponent, a coloured man, Mr. Gaston Thornicroft, standing as an Independent.
It is expected that Mr. Smith will now press ahead quickly with his plans for Rhodesian-style apartheid in almost every walk of life.
With the white opposition defeated, the only political dissent possible will be from Africans elected to the 16 black-voter seats. Black Centre Party candidates did win a few of the 16 seats, but Party Leader Pat Bashford said that the future of his party would have to be discussed, and they would have to decide whether to carry on.