1948 British Honduras general election

General elections were held in British Honduras in May and June 1948.

Electoral systemEdit

The Legislative Council consisted of six elected members, four members appointed by the Governor, three officials (the Attorney General, the Colonial Secretary and the Financial Secretary) and the Governor, who served as president.[1] The elected members were elected from five constituencies, one of which (Belize) had two seats.

Voting was limited to British subjects or people who had lived in the territory for at least three years and who were aged 21 or over and met one of the financial requirements, which included paying an annual property tax of at least $6, paying at least $96 in rent a year, or being in receipt of an annual salary of at least $300. Anyone who had received poor relief from public funds in the three months prior to voter registration was ineligible. As a result of the criteria, only 1,772 people from a population of 63,139 were registered to vote.[2]


Constituency Date Elected member
Belize 11 June Herbert Fuller
J.A. Smith
Northern 15 May William George
Stann Creek 11 June Catarino Benguche
Toledo 9 June Charles Westby
Western 5 June Harrison Courtenay
Source: Colonial Reports

The nominated members were appointed on 29 June, with B.S. Clark, Salvador Espat, Edgar Gegg and James Macmillan appointed.[1]