MUNICIPAL COMMISSION ELECTION 1949 (I)
This election was for the first post-World War II municipal body representing a town area of six wards with three elected seats each. The total of 18 seats made up two-thirds of the Commission, with the remaining nine Municipal Commissioners appointed by the British colonial authorities. Towards the end of every year, an elected Commissioner's term in each ward would expire, starting from the candidate elected in the last place, and the seat would be filled via a fresh round of elections. Subsequently, every elected Commissioner's term would be three years. A new political party, LP, made its debut to compete with PP. Similar to the Legislative Council election the year before, voting was not compulsory and voters had to register themselves. Party symbols were not permitted and candidates had to ballot for his individual symbol from the elections office. PP flexed its political muscles by winning the most seats. No candidate had his deposit forfeited as all met the threshold of at least a third of one-eighth of the votes.
Nomination day: 7 March 1949 [Mon]
Registered voters: 8,688
Election deposit: $250