• Short Summary

    IN DAHOMEY'S NORTHERN PROVINCE OF BORGOU, VOTERS TURNED OUT IN STRENGTH IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.?

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    IN DAHOMEY'S NORTHERN PROVINCE OF BORGOU, VOTERS TURNED OUT IN STRENGTH IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. VOTING WAS HELD IN EACH OF THE SIX ELECTORAL DISTRICTS IN TURN.

    HOWEVER, BEFORE THE VOTING WAS COMPLETED THE COUNTRY'S RULING MILITARY DIRECTORATE SUSPENDED THE ELECTIONS, SAYING THAT THE NATION WAS SLIDING TOWARDS CIVIL WAR.

    THE FOUR CANDIDATE FOR THE PRESIDENCY WERE EX-PRESIDENTS HUBERT MAGA, SOUROU-MIGAN APITHY; AND EMILE DERLIN ZINSOU, AND FORMER PREMIER JUSTIN AHOMADEGBE.

    VOTING IN THE FIRST ELECTORAL DISTRICTS WAS ACCOMPANIED BY VIOLENT CLASHES AND CHARGES OF ELECTORAL FRAUD. AFTER THE FIRST FOUR ROUNDS M. APITHY HAD A COMFORTABLE LEAD WITH M. AHOMADEGBE SECOND. THE RETURNS FROM BORGOU GAVE A MASSIVE LOCAL VICTORY TO M. MAGA. IN THE OVERALL SITUATION M. AHOMADEGBE THEN TOOK PLACE THE LEAD FROM M. APITHY, WITH M. MAGA THIRD.

    BUT REPORTS FROM BORGOU SAID THE VOTING TOOK PLACE IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF CONSIDERABLE TENSION AND THERE WERE CLAIMS IN AN INCIDENTS IN WHICH PEOPLE WERE INJURED.

    M. APITHY ALLEGED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE THAT PRESSURE HAD BEEN PUT ON ELECTORS TO VOTE FOR M. MAGA.

    ON SATURDAY (MARCH 28TH) THE MILITARY DIRECTORATE, WHICH HAD OUSTED PRESIDENT ZINSOU LAST DECEMBER, AND HAD CALLED THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, SUSPENDED THE ELECTIONS. lieutenant COLONEL PAUL EMILE DESCRIBED IT AS "PROVISIONAL".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA69TJEONGR5UH6DAQ9ZCFSS79Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA69TJEONGR5UH6DAQ9ZCFSS79Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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