1961 Dutch New Guinea general election

General elections were held in Dutch New Guinea for the first and only time in January 1961.


The elections were held following the establishment of the New Guinea Council (Raad) to replace the Council of Directors, which consisted of the heads of government departments.[1] The new council consisted of 16 elected members and 12 members appointed by the Governor.[2] Voting was open to all Dutch citizens aged 21 and over who had lived in the territory since 1 January 1958.[3]

The 16 elected members were elected from 14 constituencies. Members were directly elected in Hollandia and Maokwari, with the other twelve constituencies having a two-stage process where voters elected representatives that subsequently selected the Council members.[3] Illiterate voters were able to whisper the name of their chosen representative to polling station staff.[3]


Constituency Elected members
Ajamaru Daud Deda
Fakfak Nicolaas Tanggahma
Hollandia Nicolaas Jouwe
Hollandia City O.J. de Rijke
JapenWaropen E.J. Boney, M.B. Ramandey
Kaimana Mohamad Achmad
Manokwari H.F.W. Gosewich
Merauke A. Kendau Gebse
Nimboran Manasse Suwae
Radja Ampat Abulla Arfan
Ransiki P. Torey
Schouten Islands Markus Kaisepo, B. Mofu
Sorong A. van Zeeland
Teminaboean A. Onim
Source: Pacific Islands Monthly

Appointed membersEdit

Appointed members
L.J. van de Berg
Bertus Burwos
Karel Gobai
F. Kamma
Clemens Kiriwaib
V. Maturbongs
Thontji Mezeth
Fredericus Poana
Simon Samkakai
Dorkas Tokoro-Hanasbey
Dominicus Walab
Herman Womsiwor
Source: Pacific Islands Monthly


J.H.F. Sollewijn Gelpke was chosen as Speaker.[2]


  1. ^ Two NG Council Elections Almost Complete Pacific Islands Monthly, March 1961, p18
  2. ^ a b Members of NNG's New Council Pacific Islands Monthly, April 1961, pp136–137
  3. ^ a b c Dutch Council's Voting Arrangements Pacific Islands Monthly, November 1960, pp114–115