• Short Summary

    THE WEST AFRICAN REPUBLIC OF DAHOMEY BEGAN VOTING YESTERDAY (MONDAY, MARCH 9TH) IN AN ELECTION INTENDED TO RESTORE CIVILIAN RULE AFTER THE COUP WHICH OUSTED PRESIDENT EMILE ZINSOU LAST DECEMBER.

  • Description

    THE WEST AFRICAN REPUBLIC OF DAHOMEY BEGAN VOTING YESTERDAY (MONDAY, MARCH 9TH) IN AN ELECTION INTENDED TO RESTORE CIVILIAN RULE AFTER THE COUP WHICH OUSTED PRESIDENT EMILE ZINSOU LAST DECEMBER.

    DOCTOR ZINSOU, WHO IS AGAIN RUNNING FOR LEADERSHIP, HAS FOUND TOUGH OPPOSITION FROM THREE OTHER CANDIDATES, SOUROU APITHY, HUBERT MAGA (ALSO FORMER PRESIDENTS) AND ONE-TIME PREMIER JUSTIN AHOMADEGBE.

    MONSIEUR APITHY HAS ALREADY TAKEN A CLEAR LEAD OVER THE OTHER PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS ACCORDING TO PARTIAL RESULTS IN EARLY POLLING FIGURES FROM THE QUEME REGION.

    THE COUNTRY IS DIVIDED INTO SIX ELECTORAL DISTRICTS, WHICH WILL HELP FACILITATE STRICTER CONTROL AGAINST FRAUD DURING VOTING. THE ELECTIONS WILL CONTINUE FOR THREE WEEKS, AFTER WHICH THE PRESIDENT-ELECT WILL REPLACE THE THREE-MAN MILITARY DIRECTORATE THAT HAS RULED DAHOMEY SINCE DOCTOR ZINSOU WAS REMOVED FROM OFFICE.

    IN FIGURES SO FAR RECEIVED, M. APITHY HAS A CLEAR LEAD OVER JUSTIN AHOMADEGBE AND HUBERT MAGA, WITH DOCTOR ZINSOU TRAILING WELL BEHIND. THE ABSENTEE RATE HOWEVER, HAS BEEN HIGH, AND OFFICIALS PREDICT A CLOSE RESULT WHEN THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE GO TO THE POLLS IN THE FINAL WEEK OF COUNTING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2NALCEGI03VYYUR0N1FWUUY0J
    Media URN:
    VLVA2NALCEGI03VYYUR0N1FWUUY0J
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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