Report of the Constitutional Committee 1959


This four-part report was prepared in 1959 by a constitutional committee established by Sir Frederick Crawford, Governor of Uganda, as the then-protectorate of Uganda prepared for independence from Great Britain. The committee was chaired by John Wild, and included two other Europeans, two Asians, and ten Africans. It was “to consider, and to recommend to the Governor, the form of direct elections on a common roll for the representative members of the Legislative Council to be introduced in 1961, the number of seats to be filled under the above system; [and] their allocation among the different areas of the Protectorate….” Because of rising tensions among the major kingdoms of the protectorate -- Bunyoro, Ankole, Busoga, and especially Buganda -- the composition of and electoral procedures for the Legislative Council were matters of great political sensitivity. Britain granted internal self-government to Uganda in 1961. The first elections to the Legislative Council were held on March 1, 1961 under the procedures recommended by the constitutional committee. Uganda achieved full independence from Britain on October 9, 1962.

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Government Printer, Entebbe, Uganda


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25 x 17 inches; 73 pages; has three appendices


  • From the Law Development Centre in Kampala, Uganda. Digitized at the National Library of Uganda with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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