Sweden goes to the polls Saturday (September 20) to elect a new parliament with the outcome appearing to depend on the Communist Party.
LV People crossing street.
LV Buildings PAN TO poster of three candidates
LV People cross street PAN TO poster of Christian Democrats.
LV Posters of Centre Party with slogan
LV People boarding bus.
CU Poster of Communist Party (2 shots)
People sit on benches in street
SV Posters of Folk Law Party
CU Posters of Moderate Party
CU Posters of police strike (2 shots)
SV Poster of Social Democrats
GV Posters in street
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Background: Sweden goes to the polls Saturday (September 20) to elect a new parliament with the outcome appearing to depend on the Communist Party.
The Social Democrats, who have been in power for the last 38 years, suffered a set-back on the eve of the election with opinion polls showing their share of the vote dropping from 48 per cent to 45 per cent which is two per cent below the liberal, conservative and centre party opposition.
The opinion polls give the Communist Party 3.7 per cent of the vote, compared with the two per cent they gained at the 1968 elections.
A new regulation states that a party must obtain four per cent of the total poll to qualify for representation on a national scale.... and if the Communists fail to gain four per cent its votes will be divided among the major parties according to their share in the total polling.
If the opinion polls prove to be accurate there would probably be a change of government.
Should the Social Democrats finish marginally ahead of the opposition, the final outcome may not be clear until the end of the month when the result of postal votes will be available.
The election is for a new single-chamber parliament with 350 seats which next year replaces the present two-chamber system.
In the midst of the election there has been a threat of a police strike. Radical policemen have been urging their colleagues to strike over the weekend as a move to back their claims for more pay, but so far there appears to be little response to the call.