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    Zambia has launched a high-powered campaign to encourage its five million people to register as voters for forthcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

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    Zambia has launched a high-powered campaign to encourage its five million people to register as voters for forthcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

    SYNOPSIS: The campaign began officially at the Lusaka Boys' School this month when President Kaunda and his wife registered at the temporary office set up there. The authorities have been using all forms of publicity to promote registration and have warned that it is essential for the population to go to the polls to "defend democracy". Before registering, people must first collect national registration cards, and in some areas supplies of cards were reported to be late arriving. Local governors responded to this by warning that the lack of cards should not be used as an excuse by people for not registering. One governor even declared that those who failed to register would be "flushed out of the area" since they would be regarded as enemies of the country. He also warned that people without voters cards would not be permitted to use buses, or to enter markets or their working places.

    There have been queues at many centres as people arrive to comply. The elections are due to take place later this year and President Kaunda has said the bad state of the economy, the border war with Rhodesia and recent flooding mean the voting will be held under "abnormal conditions".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA62ZCVIMDHQ1PMO0EITN195K1N
    Media URN:
    VLVA62ZCVIMDHQ1PMO0EITN195K1N
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/04/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
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    N/A

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