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Elections

Volume 480: debated on Wednesday 8 November 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what were the polling hours and arrangements for the recent elections in Lagos; and whether those elections took place satisfactorily.

Polling hours were from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an hour's break at noon. The arrangements worked well except in one important respect. It was originally provided that there should be one polling division for each thousand voters, but in a Select Committee of Legislative Council (in which the Lagos members participated) this was increased to 3,000. Experience proved that in view of the large number of illiterate and inexperienced voters this figure was too big, and when the polling station closed at 6 p.m. there were still people waiting to vote. The Nigerian Government proposes to amend the law on this point for the future.