While there is no clear indication as to the progress of the present London talks between the Kabaka of Buganda and the Colonial Secretary, Mr Macleod, registration of electors for the Uganda Legislative Council elections started quietly, Aug 22, in Kampala and the 21 rural constituencies of Buganda.
GV. Road in Kampala - PAN to registration notice in background.
CU. Sign "Registration of Electors" - PAN to Africans reading election notices on tree.
MBV. Africans read notices.
CU. Another poster.
MV. Poster - PAN to Africans reading.
CU. Sign "Registration" - PAN to Africans entering office.
MV.INT. African registering.
MV.PAN. Down African to official writing.
CU. Official gives African paper, African signs.
CV. African receives form - exits.
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Background: While there is no clear indication as to the progress of the present London talks between the Kabaka of Buganda and the Colonial Secretary, Mr Macleod, registration of electors for the Uganda Legislative Council elections started quietly, Aug 22, in Kampala and the 21 rural constituencies of Buganda.
Uganda-wide general elections are to be held next February, on a common roll under a new constitution with greatly increased African representation. Following the Kabaka's opposition to electoral registration, the Uganda Protectorate Government made it quite clear that anyone attempting to interfere with registration - or later with voting - would be liable to imprisonment or heavy fines.
Only very few people are reported to have registered in Kampala so far and it is felt that the general public in Buganda may well be waiting for the outcome of the London talks. The Kabaka came to London, Aug 14, at the invitation of the Colonial Secretary, to discuss problems arising from the Buganda Government's continued refusal to co-operate with the Central Government. Pressing for complete independence for his kingdom, which Britain will not grant, the Kabaka precipitated a crisis when he made known Buganda's decision to boycott preparations for general elections in Uganda, of which Buganda is the vital central part.
Citing the Congo as a warning, the Buganda delegation in London argues that it is putting the cart before the horse to elect a national parliament before deciding whether Uganda should have a federal or a unitary system of government. Mr Macleod insists on going ahead with the elections - a policy strongly supported by Uganda nationalists - in the hope of creating an effective and representative central government for the whole of Uganda, thus expediting its advance towards independence.