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 1963 Legislative Council Election

Changes to the Constitution on June 1962 enfranchised women and indigenous Fijians for the first time and provided for a triennial Legislative Council consisting of the Governor as President, not more than nineteen nominated members who must be public officers. In addition, there were six  non-official members from each of the three major ethnic groups (Fijians, Indians, and Europeans); 4 members each being directly elected, with a further 2 being appointed by the Governor; the two Fijian representatives were appointed by the Governor from a list of names submitted by the Great Council of Chiefs.

For the election of European members the Colony was divided into five electoral divisions, each electing one member, except the southern division which elected two members.

The qualification to be registered as European a voter was as follows:

  1. The son of parents of European descent, or, being the son or lineal descendent of a European father and being able to read, write and speak English.

  2. British subject by birth or naturalisation.

  3. Age of 21 years or over.

  4. Has been continuously resident in the Colony for 12 months.

  5. Is in possession of either,

    1. freehold land or leasehold property within the Colony of the net total yearly value of 20;

    2. or of an annual income of not less than 120.

  6. Not in receipt of a salary payable out of the public revenue of the Colony.

The qualification of elected European member were as follows:

  1. Qualified to be registered as an elector and has been continuously resident in the Colony for two years.

  2. Has possessed freehold property in the Colony, under his or his wife's name,  of the net value of 500, or net total yearly value of 50  for at least 12 months before the election. OR

  3. Has been in occupation for at least 12 months before the election of freehold or leasehold property in the Colony, either under his name or his wife's name, to the extent of 500 acres. OR

  4. Has rented for at least 12 months before the election, freehold or leasehold property in the Colony of the yearly value of 100. OR

  5. Has an annual income from all sources of not less than 200.

For the election of Indian members the Colony was divided into three electoral divisions, each electing one member. The qualification to be registered as European a voter was as follows:

  1. The son of parents of Indian descent.

  2. Age of 21 years and over.

  3. Is a British subject or a native of the territories of any Indian Prince or Chief under the suzerainty exercised through the Governor-General of India or through any Governor or other officer subordinate to the Governor General of India.

  4. Has been continuously resident in the Colony for two years.

  5. Can read and write a simple sentence and sign his name in any of the following languages to the satisfaction of the registration officer: English, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Telegu, Gurmukhi, Gujarati.

  6. Has for a period of not less than six months immediately preceding the date on which the electoral roll is closed either;

  1. been in possession of freehold or leasehold property in the Colony of a total yearly value of five pounds over and above all charges and encumbrances thereon OR

  2. been in possession of a net annual cash income of seventy-five pounds OR

  3. been and remains the holder of a Government or municipal licence issued under any ordinance, the annual cost of the licence being not less than five pounds.

Civil servants could not be voters and females were not permitted to vote. 1
 

1. Reference:  The Colony of Fiji: 1874 - 1936, Government Printer, Suva, Fiji, 1925, pp.14-16

Fijian elected members
   Eastern Constituency
 
     - Ravuama Vunivalu
   Northern Constituency
      -
   Central Constituency
      - Semesa Sikivou
   Western Constituency
      - Penaia Ganilau

Fijian nominated members
       - Kamisese. Mara
       -

European elected members
   Suva Constituency
     
- John Neil Falvey
   Southern Constituency
      - Peter Kearsley
   Western Constituency
   
  - Ronald Kermode
   Northern Constituency
  
      - F.G. Archibald

European nominated members
      -
      -

Indian elected members
   Southern Constituency
      - Andrew Deoki
   North Viti Levu Constituency
      -  James Shankar Singh
   Western Constituency
      - A.D. Patel
   Northern Constituency
      - James Madhavan

Indian nominated members
      - C.P Singh
      - C.A. Shah
     

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