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.