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Title:The General Elections in the 'Autonomous Republic of Togo', April, 1958: Background and Interpretation
Author:Amenumey, D.E.K.
Year:1975
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana
Volume:16
Issue:1
Period:June
Pages:47-65
Language:English
Geographic term:Togo
Subjects:elections
1958
Politics and Government
colonialism
History and Exploration
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41406580
Abstract:The results of the general elections to the Legislative Assembly of Togo under French Administration held in April 1958 under United Nations supervision contrasted sharply with what had been proferred as the general trend in that territory since 1952. Various reasons have been adduced to explain this apparent 'change' in the leanings of the electorate but the fundamental reason was that in 1958 a new dimension - UN supervision - was introduced. Previous elections had been mostly stage-managed by the French officials. However, to fully understand what happened in April 1958, and also why, one needs some background information on the way politics unfolded in post-war Togo, information provided by the present article. Notes.
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