Africans(Natives) were not allowed to vote freely in Rhodesia

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland:General and Special Voter’s Rolls Qualifications

Income p.a for Two Years Preceding or Registration Ownership of Immovable Property and Value atEducational Qualification
£480£1.000Complete Primary education
£300£500Four years of Secondary Education
Special Voters
£150£500 _
£120 _Two years Secondary education


  • For general voters Ministers with  a university degree of five years training a theological school or two years at school and three years service and Chiefs deemed to have means qualifications
  • Every applicant was required to have knowledge of the English language, the ability to speak, write and comprehend its subject to testing
  •  They were also required to complete the claim form unassisted in his own handwriting
  • At the first Federal election in 1953 there were 64 338 Europeans, 448 Africans and 2 133 Coloured and Asian voters
  • At the second in 1958 there were 85 834 Europeans, 7 132 Africans and 4 057 Coloured and Asian voters
  • During the 1962 elections there were 103 896 Europeans, 10 959 Africans and 4505 Coloured and Asian voters

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