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Rhodesia

Volume 979: debated on Monday 25 February 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will list the categories of persons and the numbers in each category who have been sent by Her Majesty's Government to assist in the Rhodesian elections; how many of these have been sent to Rhodesia as part of their normal duties; and how many have been seconded from Government service in the United Kingdom.

The total number of persons sent by Her Majesty's Government to assist in supervising the Rhodesian elections is 681. This number is broken down into the following categories:

  • Election Commissioner
  • 1 Non-Government officer.
  • Deputy Election Commissioner
  • 1 Non-Government officer.
  • Assistant Election Commissioner
  • 2–1 Non-Government officer; 1 Serving Diplomatic Service Officer.
  • Election Supervisors
  • 90—5 Seconded from Government Service; 84 Non-Government officers; 1 Serving DS officer.
  • Administration Officer
  • 1—1 Serving DS officer.
  • Assistant Administration Officer
  • 1—1 Serving DS officer.
  • Secretary
  • 1—1 Serving DS officer.
  • Polling Booth Supervisors
  • 584—All serving United Kingdom Police officers seconded to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for temporary duty in Rhodesia.
In addition, Her Majesty's Government have invited 20 independent observers to visit Rhodesia on a voluntary basis and to assist, without remuneration, the Election Commissioner.