Preparations for the new elections by the Protectorate authorities had been both intensive and thorough. A supervisor of elections, C. P. S. Allen, had been appointed soon after the decision to hold elections had been taken and a training course was held for election officers. As early as January 1958 a publicity campaign had been launched, and on 1 February registration of voters began in the Northern and Western Provinces and in the eastern province on 1 March. To the disappointment of Obote - and of the Protectorate administration - the Bugandan government decided after lengthy negotiations that the kingdom would play no part in the proceedings. In the early stages, the menfolk of Lango District, too, were slow to register, fearing that the whole process was a European ruse to deprive them of their land. In the first six weeks only 15,271 potential voters had registered their names. Intensive touring by the district commissioner and his staff overcame these suspicions and by the closing date there were 58,951 names on the register, nearly 74 per cent of the estimated number of people entitled to vote.