The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 4,1966 — Three Rhode­sian Front can­di­dates and In­de­pen­dents were elected to Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil yes­ter­day. There were 11 con­tes­tants for the six seats. Two re­tir­ing coun­cil­lors, Clr Harry Coronel (Ward 1) and Clr Max Lo­gan (Ward 2), who were sat­nd­ing on the Rhode­sia Front tick­let,were re-elected, as was Clr J Gold­wasser, who stood as an In­de­pen­dent.

Clr AM Butcher, In­de­pen­dent, was beaten in a three cor­nered fight for Ward 4. Be­tween them, the six In­de­pen­dents polled 6 368 votes; the five RF can­di­dates polled 4 768.

In Sal­is­bury City, where op­po­si­tion to the of­fi­cial Rhode­sia Front can­di­dates was most strongly or­gan­ised, the Civic As­so­ci­a­tion took three seats to the RF’s two In Gwelo, an In­de­pen­dent headed the poll and the two re­main­ing seats went to can­di­dates stand­ing on the Rhode­sia Front ticket.

There were record polls in Bu­l­awayo, with 63 per­cent in Ward 3, where sit­ting mem­ber Clr Juric Gold­wasser in­creased his sup­port, and 53 per­cent in Ward 2.

The pre­vi­ous best in a ward was 31 per­cent in 1962. In Sal­is­bury, the per­cent­age poll was only 24,8.Two in­de­pen­dents got the most votes in Bu­l­awayo.

Clr Gold­wasser topped them all with 1 995 and Mrs Shar­land had 1 934 votes in Ward 2.

In the midst of be­ing con­grat­u­lated by friends and sup­port­ers, Mr Charles Wood (RF), 38-yearold Rhode­sia Rail­way worker who was one of those elected in Ward 3 said:

“I would say this showed that the peo­ple do not want pol­i­tics in lo­cal gov­ern­ment”. The first com­ment from two of the new In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lors, Mrs Shar­land and Mr Tom Doyle was that they did not in­ter­pret the sup­port shown for them as be­ing votes against the Rhode­sia Gov­ern­ment.

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