• Short Summary

    THROUGHOUT THE ISLAND OF CEYLON, VOTERS ARE FLOCKING TO THE POLLING BOOTS ON MARCH 19 TO ELECT A NEW HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND A NEW GOVERNMENT.

  • Description

    THROUGHOUT THE ISLAND OF CEYLON, VOTERS ARE FLOCKING TO THE POLLING BOOTS ON MARCH 19 TO ELECT A NEW HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND A NEW GOVERNMENT.

    THE ELECTION FOLLOWS NINE WEEKS OF INTENSE CAMPAIGNING BY PARTIES OF THE RIGHT AND LEFT WINGS SIN THE FOURTH PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION SINCE CEYLON BECAME INDEPENDENT.

    THREE AND THREE QUARTER MILLION VOTERS WILL ELECT 151 MEMBERS TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN PLACE OF THE DISSOLVED LATE LAST YEAR DURING THE CRISIS THAT FOLLOWED THE ASSASSINATION OF FORMER PRIME MINISTER SOLOMON BANDARANAIKE IN SEPTEMBER LAST.

    IN THE RUNNING ARE 898 CANDIDATE BELONGING TO 22 POLITICAL PARTIES INCLUDING 175 INDEPENDENTS.

    BUT THE MAIN PARTIES ARE THE UNITED NATIONAL PARTY LED BY A FORMER PREMIER MR. DUDLEY SENANAIKE WITH 127 CANDIDATES AND THE SRI LANKA PARTY OF THE LATE PREMIER BANDARANAIKE NOW LED BY C.P. DE SILVA. ARRAYED ON THE EXTREME LEFT ARE DR. PEREIR'S LANK SAMA SAMAJ PARTY AND FORMER MINISTER MR. PHILIP GUNAWARDENA'S "PEOPLES UNITED FRONT" - A CURIOUS MIXTURE OF MARXISTS AND BUDDHISTS.

    THE UNP HAS PROMOTED TO SAFEGUARD PRIVATE ENTERPRISE, ALLOW WORKERS TI PARTICIPATE IN STATE CORPORATIONS, PERMIT CO-EXISTENCE IN RELIGIOUS AND STATE SCHOOLS, AND IMPROVE LIVING AND WORKING CONDITIONS. MR. SENANAIKE HAS SAID HE WILL ONLY FORM A GOVERNMENT IF HIS PARTY OBTAINED AN OVERALL MAJORITY, RULING OUT ANY POSSIBLE COALITION.

    THE SRI LANKA FREEDOM PARTY HAS MADE A MARTYR OF ITS LATE LEADER BANDARANAIKE AND IS PLEDGED TO CONTINUE THE POLICIES OF THE LATE PREMIER. OBSERVERS, HOWEVER, NOTED THAT THERE WAS VERY LITTLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ELECTION PLATFORMS OF THE UNP AND THE SLFP, WHICH HAS 117 CANDIDATES.

    THE LANKA SAMA SAMAJ PARTY (LSSP) IS MARXIST AND COMMITTED TO NATIONALISATION OF FOREIGN OWNED TEA AND RUBBER PLANTATIONS (MOSTLY BRITISH). ABOLISH RELIGIOUS-RUN SCHOOLS, NATIONALISATION OF PUBLIC UTILITY SERVICES AND REMOVAL OF MOUNTING UNEMPLOYMENT. IT HAS 101 CANDIDATES.

    THE MARXIST-BUDDHIST COALITION OF MR. PHILIP GUNAWARDENA HAS 103 CANDIDATES.

    COUNTING OF VOTES WILL START IMMEDIATELY AFTER CLOSING OF POLLS IN THE EVENING. AND ALMOST ALL THE RESULTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE KNOWN BY SUNDAY NIGHT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4J72M0NWPQLY4CKJQRJJ13S2B
    Media URN:
    VLVA4J72M0NWPQLY4CKJQRJJ13S2B
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/03/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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