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- The system made use of native Chiefs and other existing traditional authorities.
- The system recognized the existing political system through traditional rulers.
- The British officials were to advise, supervise and where necessary enforce colonial policies.
- Educated elites were not adequately used in the system.
- The system is undemocratic and authoritarian.
- Traditional rulers were highly respected by the British and were given exalted positions.
- The system divided the region into Crown Colonies, protectorates and provinces for easy and smooth administration.
- There was limited franchise in the system.
- The Governor wielded very strong power.