The last general election of the Union of South Africa takes place

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Wednesday, 16 April 1958

The last general election of the Union of South Africa before it became a Republic on 31 May 1961, was held with the National Party (NP) under Adv J.G. Strijdom, registering a victory. The NP managed to secure 103 seats, its greatest electoral victory up to that time, while the seats of the United Party, though under the new leadership of Adv. J.G.N. Strauss, decreased from 57 to 53.  

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Last updated : 13-Apr-2017

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011