On Augustl, 1961, the Prime Minister, Dr HF Verwoerd, announced that a general election would be held on October 18, 1961, eighteen months prematurely. The announcement of the early election did not come as a great surprise to most of the opposition parties. Although the National Party did not greatly increase its representation in parliament, it did win nearly all its seats with increased majorities. The Progressive Party suffered a very severe reverse with the loss of all but one of its seats in parliament. The newly-formed National Onion Party also acquitted itself very poorly in the election, winning only one parliamentary seat. The results of the election helped to strengthen Verwoerd’s position as leader of the National Party and appeared to vindicate his decision to lead South Africa out of the British Commonwealth.
|Author||Mc Connachie AJ|
|Degree Type||Masters degree|