Preparations for national elections in Dutch New Guinea are well under way, July 15. One?
Preparations for national elections in Dutch New Guinea are well under way, July 15. One of the first tasks that has to be completed is the registration of all natives entitled to a vote. District officers are at present covering the villages throughout the country in order to compile a new voters roll.
One of the first villages to be visited was Kaju Batu, near the capital Hollandia. On arrival the district officer and his assistants found the only way they could make contact with the natives was through the chief. He called them together by ringing a ball outside his hut and the business of sorting out the voters roll began.
For the native population this will be the first time they have had any say in electing their leaders. Among the qualifications for the vote are; all voters must be over 21-years-old, and not have received a prison sentence of more than a year after 1957.
The new voters roll is expected to be completed by the end of September.