• Short Summary

    SURINAM, THE FORMER DUTCH COLONY OF GUIANA, HELD GENERAL ELECTIONS ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 24). TWELVE?

  • Description

    SURINAM, THE FORMER DUTCH COLONY OF GUIANA, HELD GENERAL ELECTIONS ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 24). TWELVE PARTIES ARE VYING FOR THE PARLIAMENTARY SEATS AT STAKE. AMONG THOSE SEEN VOTING WAS GOVERNOR JOHAN FERRIER.

    SURINAM IS AN EQUAL AND AUTONOMOUS PARTNER IN THE DUTCH REALM WHICH CONSISTS OF THE NETHERLANDS, SURINAM AND THE DUTCH ANTILLES. ITS POPULATION OF 400,000 IS PEACEABLY DIVIDED BETWEEN AMERINDIANS, BUSH NEGROES, CREOLES, CHINESE, HINDUSTANIS, JAVANESE, LEBANESE AND EUROPEANS - THE MAJORITY OF WHOM ARE DUTCH.

    AMONG THE MAIN CANDIDATES IN THE CURRENT ELECTIONS ARE: JAGGER NATCH LACHMON, PRESIDENT OF THE V.H.P. (VATAN HITKARIE PARTIJ), WHOSE PARTY WAS FORMED OF HINDUSTANI PEOPLE IN 1948 - AND HIS ACTIVE PARTY FOLLOWERS WEAR TRADITIONAL HINDUSTANI OUTFITS.

    - JUST RENS, WHO HEADS THE P.N.P. (PROGRESSIVE NATIONALE PARTIJ) - THIS IS THE LEAD PARTY IN A BLOC MADE UP OF FOUR PARTIES, THE FLAGS OF WHICH ALL STAND SIDE BY SIDE OUTSIDE THEIR HEADQUARTERS IN DOWNTOWN PARAMARIBO.

    - THE N.P.S. (NATIONAL PARTY SURINAM) CLAIMED EARLY THAT THEY WOULD BE THE MAJORITY WINNERS - UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PRIME MINISTER JOHAN ADOLF PENGEL. THEIR LEANING IS CENTRE-LEFT AND THEIR OBJECTIVE IS INDEPENDENCE FROM DUTCH RULE WHILE MAINTAINING CLOSE ECONOMIC LINKS WITH THE NETHERLANDS.

    - THE EXTREME LEFT IS REPRESENTED BY THE P.N.R. (PARTIJ NATIONALISTISCHE REPUBLIEK) AND THEIR LEADER EDDIE BRUMA. SUPPORT FOR THE P.N.R. IS FOUND MAINLY AMONG THE YOUNG MEN OF SURINAM AND THOSE OF AFRICAN DESCENT. THEY HAVE NEVER HELD A PARLIAMENTARY SEAT BEFORE, BUT REPORTS INDICATE THEY MAY WIN IN THIS ELECTION.

    POLLING STARTED EARLY AND A GOOD TURN-OUT WAS SEEN IN BOTH THE CAPITAL AND THE INTERIOR. AMONG THE FIRST TO VOTE WAS GOVERNOR JOHAN FERRIER, WHO ARRIVED ACCOMPANIED BY HIS WIFE.

    THE SYSTEM OF MARKING THE POLLING CARDS IS THE SAME AS IN MEXICO AND VENEZUELA - THE FINGER IS DIPPED INDELIBLE INK AND THE PRINT STAMPED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4RU6S6PAUO8OUC995OSY2ZEYJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA4RU6S6PAUO8OUC995OSY2ZEYJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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