• Short Summary

    VOTING IN ETHIOPIA'S THIRD GENERAL ELECTION ENDED LAST FRIDAY (JULY 16) AFTER TWENTY DAYS OF POLLING.

  • Description

    VOTING IN ETHIOPIA'S THIRD GENERAL ELECTION ENDED LAST FRIDAY (JULY 16) AFTER TWENTY DAYS OF POLLING.THE POLL BEGAN ON JUNE 23, WITH AN ESTIMATED FIVE MILLION ETHIOPIANS ENTITLED TO VOTE FOR THE 2,300 CANDIDATES CONTESTING THE 250 SEATS IN THE CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES.

    IN THE CAPITAL, ADDIS ABABA, THERE WERE 68 CANDIDATES FOR THE CITY'S TEN SEATS.ABOUT 180,000 PEOPLE WERE ENTITLED TO VOTE, BUT WITH THE POLLING STATIONS OPEN FOR SUCH A LENGTH OF TIME -- AT ANY STAGE VOTERS WERE COUNTED ONLY IN SCORES OR HUNDREDS.

    THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, VOTING WAS REPORTED TO HAVE TAKEN PLACE AT AN EQUALLY LEISURELY PACE.THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS -- FIVE MILLION -- SHOWED AN INCREASE OF ABOUT ONE MILLION OVER THE FIGURES FOR THE 1961 ELECTION.AS NO CENSUS HAS BEEN MADE IN ETHIOPIA, NO ONE KNOWS WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION THIS IS.

    THE COUNT OF THE VOTES IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ALMOST AS LONG AS THE TIME SET ASIDE FOR VOTING.THE RESULTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE KNOWN ABOUT MID-AUGUST, AFTER WHICH THE MEMBERS OF THE NEW PARLIAMENT WILL TAKE THEIR SEATS FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.

    (THE PROCESS OF VOTING WAS ALSO QUITE INVOLVED.THE MAJORITY OF ELECTORS ARE ILLITERATE AND CANDIDATES CHOSE SIGNS -- ANIMALS OR OBJECTS -- TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES.SIGNS WERE PLACED OVER THE BALLOT BOXES TO ENABLE VOTERS TO BALLOT CORRECTLY FOR THEIR CHOSEN CANDIDATE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3SHC5KX2VOCVBAIUVDGIQM4K7
    Media URN:
    VLVA3SHC5KX2VOCVBAIUVDGIQM4K7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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