1976  1984
Rhdesia and Nyasaland general election, 1980
All 105 seats to the Rhodesia and Nyasaland Federal Assembly
May 8, 1980 (1980-05-08)
First party Second party Third party
Leader Tamandani Ihejirika Roy Bennett Ian Smith
Party [[People's Freedom Party|Template:People's Freedom Party/meta/shortname]] [[United Federal Party|Template:United Federal Party/meta/shortname]] [[Rhodesia Front|Template:Rhodesia Front/meta/shortname]]
Leader since 1968 1968 1969
Leader's seat Bulawayo South Salisbury Central Selukwe (lost reelection)
Last election (Did not Contest) 45 40
Seats won 61 43 1
Seat change +61 -2 -39

Previous Prime Minister
Roy Bennett
[[United Federal Party|Template:United Federal Party/meta/shortname]]

Prime Minister-elect
Tamandani Ihejirika
[[People's Freedom Party|Template:People's Freedom Party/meta/shortname]]

The 1980 Rhodesia Nyasaland general election was the first held following the establishment of one person one vote..


The 1980 general election was the first election held following the transition to majority rule by the Bennett government, this resulted in the rise of the People's Freedom Party which had widespread support amongst the indigenous population who had been unable to vote in previous elections.


The election was a decisive victory for the PFP who won 61 seats, enabling Tamandani Therjirka to become Rhodesia Nyasaland's first Indigenous Prime Minister, whilst the Rhodesia Front was reduced to just one seat. Write the second section of your page here.

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