oa Universitas - Party politics in Accra: 1927-1945

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0049-5530



On 8th April, 1925; the Governor of the Gold Coast Colony, F.G. Guggisberg (1919-1927), published an Order-in-Council providing for a new constitution of the Gold Coast, Legislative Council. Like the Municipal Corporations Ordinance enacted a year before it, the new constitution was written with due regard to the principle of elective representation. This was an important, innovation because, for the first time in the history of the Gold Coast, it provided for the election by ballot of the unofficial African members of the proposed Municipal Councils under the 1924 Ordinance, and to the Legislative Council. (1) This novel procedure was without question in marked contrast to the practice hitherto, whereby such members were nominated by the Governor.

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