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The end of 1920, 29 December, an order ensures application in the Great Island of the decree of September 28, which reorganizes the Supreme Council of the Colonies The first article divided the provinces between the two districts, East and West; Article 2 states that the elections would take place in the offices of district leaders; Article 3 sets out the operations relating to the establishment of electoral lists that are drawn up according to Article 21 by a committee chaired by the Attorney General, head of the judicial service.
A fixed Ministerial Decree of February 25, 1921 elections to 24 April for the 1st round and May 1 in the event of a second round. Another text April 5 postpones vote on 8 and 15 May.
“Everything was ready for the first electoral process in Madagascar,” writes Gontard magistrate in 1969, and continues: “The delegate mandate did not seem to confer on its holder advantages such that it is likely to attract crowds of candidates . The Council had only advisory. “
In addition, the delegate who sits on the Economic Council, is “drowned among the delegates of the other Colonies and representatives appointed by the Minister are consulted by him when he pleases, on issues that please him.” In addition, the existence of rare intervals of former Council has proven its uselessness, the new body has the same uncertainties.
Finally, in material terms, the situation remains uncertain delegates: they are not officially paid or compensated by the state. In the decree of September 28, it is simply stated that compensation “may be granted to him by the colony or protectorate country he represents.” It is “to rely on the generosity of local government.”
Thus, it is feared that there are few candidates “idoines and volunteers” for “a function at once so costly and uncertain.” According Gontard, if we denote a French of the island, or he would refrain from attending meetings regularly, or he would take his role seriously, but would lose his time and considerable sums trips that would result in a session a few days. And if we call a Metropolitan, he would experience bad problems of the Great Island. “In any case, the representation was defective and the institution lacked purpose. “
Yet the end of 1920, rumors about several candidates run in Madagascar. They come from parliamentary attachment Reunion, some born in the neighboring island, the others being members of the island. “All had the advantage of trips paid in metropolitan budget. “
From the beginning, it comes to Guist’hau, born in Reunion and deputy mayor of Nantes. Briand friend, he is a politician in sight. Before the war, it is even the Minister of Education in the Poincar√© cabinet. “His candidacy was greeted with favor on the Big Island. “But soon Guist’hau is expected to enter the ministry Briand. He indicated that he renounce seek election voters Madagascar.
It is thus announced that unless the two members of the Reunion will be candidates: Boussenot, doctor and journalist on the West Coast; Gasparin, a former lawyer in Toamasina to the East Coast.
However, the announcement of the final application causes a public outcry, because it is very hostile to Gasparin in the island.
“We consider him incapable coupled with a pushy, just a consumer of pork-thirty-milliste butter s’adjugent the yes-yes Palais Bourbon” (The Lighthouse of Mahajanga, February 19, 1921).
Rather, the application Boussenot is nearly as unpopular. In Parliament, he intervenes several times in favor of the interests of Madagascar.