Bars and drink shops were closed down in Madagascar last week (30 January) and troops were confined to barracks as polling took place for the Presidential elections.
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CU Flag TILT DOWN to voters queueing outside hall (2 shots)
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CU TILT UP..Tsiranana placing vote in ballot box
CU TILT UP.. Mrs. Tsiranana ditto
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SV Tsiranana into car and away (3 shots)
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Background: Bars and drink shops were closed down in Madagascar last week (30 January) and troops were confined to barracks as polling took place for the Presidential elections.
President Philibert Tsiranana, the only candidate, was later confirmed as Government leader for a third seven-year term. Political observers have speculated that he is unlikely to form a new Government before May.
There were no incidents on voting day as many of the Republic's 2,800,000 voters went to the polls. A high turnout was recorded, despite a call for a massive boycott of the election by the opposition parties including the powerful Madagascar Independence Congress Party. President Tsiranana later announced that the electoral roll in the southern parts of the country would be revised. The President said some had not voted in the plebiscite, and that the list had not been complete.