British Togoland status plebiscite, 1956

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A referendum on the territory's status was held in British Togoland on 9 May 1956. Since World War I the territory had been a League of Nations mandate, then a United Nations Trust Territory under British control. The referendum offered residents the choice of remaining a Trust Territory until neighbouring French Togoland had decided upon its future, or becoming part of soon-to-be Ghana. The Togoland native and dominant ethnic group, the Togolese Ewe people, Togolese Ewe-based Togoland Congress campaigned against and preferred amalgamation with French Togoland.

The eventual result was reported to be 63.9% in favour of integration.[1][2]

Results[edit]

Choice Votes %
Integration with Ghana 142,214 63.9
UN Trusteeship 80,199 36.1
Invalid/blank votes
Total 224,313 100
Registered voters/turnout 272,663
Source: Nohlen et al., African Elections Database

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p432 ISBN 0-19-829645-2
  2. ^ Ghana National Reconciliation Commission: "The Historical Context" Government of Ghana