Electoral Quota Act, 1937

Electoral Quota Act, 1937
enacted by the Parliament of South Africa

Act No. 21 of 1937. First published on 23 April 1937 in Government Gazette Extraordinary No. 2432, and came into force upon publication. Repealed on 22 April 1942 by the Electoral Quota Consolidation Act, 1942.


To amend the South Africa Act, 1909, and the Women’s Enfranchisement Act, 1930.

(Assented to 22nd April, 1937.)
(Signed by the Governor-General in English.)

Be it enacted by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate and the House of Assembly of the Union of South Africa, as follows:―

Amendment of section 34 of the South Africa Act.

1. Section thirty-four of the South Africa Act, 1909 is hereby amended

(a) by substituting the following paragraph for paragraph (i):―
“(i) In this section the expression―

‘adult Union nationals’ means Union nationals (both male and female) of the age of twenty-one years or over, but does not include members of His Majesty’s regular forces on full pay, other than members of the South African Permanent Force constituted under section one of the South Africa Defence Act Amendment Act, 1922 (Act No. 22 of 1922);

‘quota of the Union’ means the quotient obtained by dividing the total number of European adult Union nationals as ascertained at the census taken in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-six by the number one hundred and fifty.”

(b) by substituting the words “fifty-one” for the words “forty-one” in paragraph (ii);
(c) by substituting the words “adult Union nationals” for the words “male adults” wherever they occur in paragraphs (iii), (iv) and (v);
(d) by substituting the words “thirty-six” for the word “four” wherever it occurs in paragraph (iii);
(e) by deleting paragraphs (vi) and (vii).

Repeal of section 3 of Act 18 of 1930.

2. Section three of the Women’s Enfranchisement Act, 1930, is hereby repealed.

Short title.

3. This Act shall be called the Electoral Quota Act, 1937.

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