• Short Summary

    Voting in the election for the South Vietnam Senate took place on Sunday (26 August), and the unofficial returns showed a sweeping victory for candidates supporting the Government of President Nguyen van Thieu.

  • Description

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    GV Exterior City Hall with election posters outside
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    2.
    SV Prime Minister Tran Thieu Khiem entering hall and going into voting booth.
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    3.
    MV Official collecting papers.
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    4.
    SV Prime Minister putting vote into ballot box
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    5.
    SV Official checking voting paper against identity card
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    6.
    SV President Thieu entering booth
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    7.
    SV Others voting
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    8.
    SV Thieu out of booth and puts voting card in ballet box
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    CITY HALL WITH VOTERS ENTERING AND POSTERS OUTSIDE: PRIME MINISTER KHIEM ENTERING HALL, MARKING PAPER AND PUTTING IT IN BALLOT BOX: IDENTITY CARDS CHECKED: PRESIDENT THIEU VOTING: OTHERS VOTING.




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    Background: Voting in the election for the South Vietnam Senate took place on Sunday (26 August), and the unofficial returns showed a sweeping victory for candidates supporting the Government of President Nguyen van Thieu.

    Among those voting at the City Hall in saigon were the President and the Prime Minister Tran Thieu Khiem. Along with other voters they had their identity cards checked.

    The official returns will not be made until 3rd September, but provisional results indicate that President Thieu's Democratic Party has polled over 5 million votes and Foreign Minister Tran Van Lam's "White Elephant" group, over 4 1/2 million votes. The aggregate is some millions more than the total number of registered voters, because each elector was able to vote for two of the Party groupings. This gives the Government a clear majority in the traditionally independent Senate, and President Thieu is expected to use it to change the constitution so that he can run for a third term.

    The Viet Cong's Provisional Revolutionary Government called the poll a farce and leading Opposition politicians boycotted it, alleging it was illegal. They pointed out that, according to the peace agreement signed in Paris in January, there first should have been an election for a national council of reconciliation.

    SYNOPSIS: Electors went to the City Hall in Saigon and other polling places throughout South Vietnam on Sunday, to vote in the Senate elections. The unofficial returns showed a sweeping victory for candidates sponsored by the Government of President Thieu.

    A ninety per cent turn out was reported by Government officials. Among voters was Prime Minister Tran Thien Khiem. The official returns will not be made until September third, but the provisional results indicate President Thieu's Democratic Party polled over five million votes and Foreign Minister Tran Van Lam's "White Elephant" group, over four and a half million.

    This amounts to some millions more than the number of registered voters, because each voter was permitted to vote for two of the party groupings. It also gives the Government a clear majority in the traditionally independent Senate.

    The Opposition strength in the Senate is now down to about fifteen seats. Previously, they had thirty of the sixty seats.

    President Thieu also was among the voters in Saigon. He is expected to use the Senate majority to change the constitution so that he can run for a third term. The present term expires in 1975. He is also expected to ensure the continued appointment of provisional chiefs from among his military commanders.

    The Viet Cong's Provisional Revolutionary Government has called the election a farce. Leading Opposition politicians boycotted the poll, saying only candidates approved by the government could win. They also allege the elections are illegal according to the peace agreement signed in Paris last January, in which it was stipulated that first there should be an election for a national council of reconciliation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1BDF19MKIF22FIJ3DILO4P9VL
    Media URN:
    VLVA1BDF19MKIF22FIJ3DILO4P9VL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/08/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
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