The African National Council and the small white-supported Rhodesia Party have announced a broad agreement on a new constitution to lead towards majority rule.
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SV INT Left to right W. Kona, Deputy Chairman of ANC Sithole and Roy Ashlurner, Chairman of RP, seated at conference
CU Sithole speaking
SV Dr. Morris Hirsch speaking
SITHOLE: "We would like a franchise that would accommodate a greater number of Africans. Now there is nothing really incompatible between what one section of the community may call high qualifications and what another section may equally call high qualifications. If you say your high qualifications are seventy and my high qualifications are fifty, both of us want high qualifications. So there is absolutely no incompatibility at all. It is a question about what common ground we would have if you are thinking about high qualifications."
HIRSCH: "If you have an all powerful parliament that is the protector of the constitution itself, one wold have one attitude to the franchise on the European side and equally on the African side. If you have protective non-political bodies that are protectors of the constitution and to see that the rules of the game are protected, then there's not all this emphasis on what goes on in parliament. I'm merely mentioning this in general terms to show you that the question of the franchise cannot be considered in isolation, it has to be considered as part of the overall constitution and the overall protection that the constitution gives every individual in the country."
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Background: The African National Council and the small white-supported Rhodesia Party have announced a broad agreement on a new constitution to lead towards majority rule. At a news conference on friday (September 14), they announced agreement to campaign for a single common voting roll for all races -- eliminating racial discrimination.
Friday's agreement follows five meetings between the two organisations over the past six weeks. At the news conference Mr. Edso Sithole, publicity secretary for the African National Council, said the agreement was historic because a European and African organisation had joined together to issue a joint statement on the problems of the country.
Mr. Sithole went on to declare that the political ambitions of both races could not be reduced to mere terminology:
The spokesman for the Rhodesia Party, Dr. Morris Hirsch, said he did not know how long it would take to produce a full Constitutional framework: