Chapter

Registrations Begin

Sarah D. Shields

in Fezzes in the River

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780195393316
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894376 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393316.003.0007
Registrations Begin

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The Turkish government remained furious at French actions in the Sanjak. As voter registration began, violence and intimidation grew dramatically. The League of Nations electoral commission staffing the registration bureaus remonstrated repeatedly with French officials about stopping the coercion, and created a special tribunal to hear cases arising from infractions of the electoral regulations. As violence increased, and as registrations of “Turks” remained below 50%, the Turkish government held France responsible. French mandatory officials sought ways to increase Turkish registrations, while the League electoral commission insisted on equal access for all voters. Rumors surfaced of a secret agreement that guaranteed the Turks a majority in the new Assembly. By May 31, 1938, as it became clear that enforcing free choice for all voters would not produce that Turkish majority, the French High Commissioner appointed a new Delegate to declare martial law and implement the secret agreement.

Keywords: martial law; secret agreement; voter registration; violence; Electoral Commission

Chapter.  13303 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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