Government SSS 1 Third Term
Student should be able to know:
i. Meaning of suffrage /franchise.
ii. Development of suffrage /franchise.
iii. Types of suffrage /franchise.
iv. Purpose of suffrage /franchise
Meaning of Suffrage
The term suffrage in a simple way, is the right or chance to vote, express an opinion or participate in a decision.
Historical Development of Suffrage
The word suffrage comes from Latin suffraghim which initially meant "a voting -tablet", "a ballot", "a vote", or "the right to vote ". In November 1775, the New Hampshire Provincial Congress, which took over after the collapse of British control, granted the right to vote to "every male inhabitant of twenty-one years and upwards paying for himself a poll tax". This was the first future state to end freehold qualifications for voting.
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