1896 Orange Free State presidential election
Presidential elections were held in the Orange Free State in February 1896. They were held after the former President Francis William Reitz resigned due to bad health in 1895. The two candidates were High Court judge Martinus Theunis Steyn and John G. Fraser. Whilst Steyn supported the proposed merger of the Orange Free State and Transvaal, Fraser was in favour of closer links with the neighbouring Cape Colony and the United Kingdom.
|Martinus Theunis Steyn||6,877||83.4|
|John G. Fraser||1,367||16.6|
|Source: South African History Online|
- Encyclopædia Britannica 1911, p915
- M.T. Steyn is sworn in as president of the Orange Free State South African History Online