This Chapter provides in respect of certain matters relative to the sale, gift, exchange, or any other method of disposal of land. There is created a Land Commission which shall endeavour to prevent the monopolistic ownership of land and undesired alienations of communal lands by those charged with the management and control thereof. For this purpose the Commission shall make recommendations to the Governor respecting the approval or disapproval of instruments affecting the title, ownership or possession of land which require approval of the Governor pursuant to section 4. The Commission shall also conduct studies and make recommendations to the Governor relative to land title, alienation and registration. Section 4 places restrictions on specified alienation of communal and freehold land. In order to obtain effective title after alienation, registration is required with the Territorial Registrar. Other provisions of this Chapter deal with lease of native lands and validity of contracts for sale of property.
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