While the finishing touches are being put to the temporary New Guinea Council building at Hollandia, heavy rocks are being dug out and lifted from the site where the permanent building is to be built.
LV Temporary New Guinea Council building.
SV Work in progress.
CU Worker constructing tiled floor.
LV Plane of J.O.de Rijke(candidate) distributes pamphlets from plane.
LV Men pick up pamphlets.
CU Policemen with leaflets.
CU Sign 'J.O.de Rijke' pan to polling station.
SV Names of candidates.
SV Children point at names of candidates on board.
BACK V..European voter enters cubicle.
SV Mrs. Van Rongen puts paper in ballot box.
CU Name 'Mori' painted on road.
SV Eurasian voter walks to mobile polling station.
SV Voter enters cubicle at rear of car.
LV Women walk towards polling station at Hamadi.
SV Group of native women hand over registration cards.
LV Group of Papuan roadworkers look at election papers.
CU Poster candidate 'Peppelaar'.
CU Banner along road 'Boekraad'.
CU Sign 'Mr de Rijke'.
GV Crane lifts rocks for permanent site of New Guinea building.
CU Sign (building under construction).
GV Of site.
EDITORS: Prod 0283/61, "Papuans at Primary Council Polls", also refers.
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Background: While the finishing touches are being put to the temporary New Guinea Council building at Hollandia, heavy rocks are being dug out and lifted from the site where the permanent building is to be built. With this concrete evidence of democracy, voters went to the polls recently to elect the Council.
Europeans, Eurasians and Papuans had a choice of 12 polling stations in Hollandia; and everything went quietly. On the first day, one third of the registered voters had been to the polling stations. The Council will have a great influence on the policies of the New Guinea Government.
Direct elections were held in Manokwari and Hollandia only, and two seats were at stake: one for each town. From the ten candidates at Hollandia, four have withdrawn, leaving two Europeans, two Eurasians and two Papuans.