GOLD COAST: Election--and Jubilee

The white king across the seas had granted his 4,500,000 black subjects a new constitution. For the first time in the long history of British rule over West Africa's Gold Coast,* there would be general elections. Black voters would choose 38 members of an 84-seat parliament; the other 46 would be appointed by chiefs' councils and business groups; over all would be an executive council and British governor.

So it was decreed last year. But Gold Coast natives are mostly illiterate. First, there had to be an educational campaign.

Last December the colonial government sent out mobile vans with lecturers aboard...