In Rhodesia, election officials were counting the votes on Monday night (23 April) to determine the country's first-ever black Prime Minister.
In Rhodesia, election officials were counting the votes on Monday night (23 April) to determine the country's first-ever black Prime Minister. Unofficial foreign observers, who witnessed the count, said the man they believed most likely to succeed white leader Ian Smith was the head of the United African National Council, Bishop Abel Muzorewa. Black and white Rhodesians voted over a period of five days to fill seventy-two black seats in the hundred-seat Parliament. The twenty white seats have already been won by Mr. Smith's Rhodesian Front party. According to Government officials, almost sixty-four per cent of the estimated electorate -- more than one-point-eight million people -- have gone to the polls.
SYNOPSIS: On Friday (20 April), Mr. Smith appealed for international recognition for the elections. If the new government was not recognised, Rhodesia would continue to, as he put it, "knock the day-lights" out of the guerrilla forces.
Several foreign observers were at the elections. Among them was "Freedom House", an American Civil Liberties Organisation. Their President, Roscoe Drummond, said the elections were "a creditable" step towards a free society.