Rhodesian general election, 1965

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Rhodesian general election, 1965
Rhodesia
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All 65 seats to the House of Assembly of Rhodesia
33 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Ian Smith 1950s.jpg No image.png
Leader Ian Smith Josiah Gondo
Party RF NPP
Last election 35 N/A
Seats won 50 10
Seat change Increase 15 Increase 10
Popular vote N/A
Percentage N/A
("A"-roll seats)
N/A
("B"-roll seats)

Prime Minister before election

Ian Smith
RF

Elected Prime Minister

Ian Smith
RF

General elections were held in Rhodesia on 7 May 1965. The results was a victory for the ruling Rhodesian Front, which won 50 of the 65 seats. Later in the year, the government made a unilateral declaration of independence (UDI).

Electoral system[edit]

The election was held using two electoral rolls, an A roll, which was largely white (95,208 whites and 2,256 black Africans)[1][2] and a B roll, which was largely African. Although both rolls could vote for all 65 seats, A roll votes were given higher weighting for the 50 constituency seats, and B roll votes higher weighting for the 15 district seats.

Campaign[edit]

Two parties contested the elections; the Rhodesian Front ran in all 50 constituency seats (in 22 of which it was unopposed) but no district seats. The Rhodesia Party ran in both the constituency and district seats.[1]

Results[edit]

Party Constituencies Districts Total
seats
+/−
A Roll B Roll Seats A Roll B Roll Seats
Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes %
Rhodesian Front 28,175 78.4 206 23.6 50 50 +15
Rhodesia Party 6,381 17.7 505 60.2 0 12,936 36.6 754 46.1 10 10 New
Independents 964 2.7 4 0.4 0 17,770 50.3 689 40.3 5 5 +4
Invalid/blank votes 411 157 4,595 193
Total 35,931 100 877 100 50 35,301 100 1,636 100 15 65 0
Registered voters/turnout 97,284 36.9 11,577 7.5 97,284 36.2 11,577 14.0
Source: Sternberger et al.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dolf Sternberger, Bernhard Vogel, Dieter Nohlen & Klaus Landfried (1978) Die Wahl der Parlamente: Band II: Afrika, Zweiter Halbband, p1678
  2. ^ 7 May 1965 House of Assembly Election African Elections Database