VISNEWS filmed West Berlin July 1 as leading West German politicians arrived at the East Prussia Hall in the city's exhibition grounds and cast their votes in the Presidential Election.
GV.PAN. Exterior of the East Prussia Hall
SV. Dr Max Becker arrives
SV.PAN. Professor Carlo Schmid arrives
SV. Willy Brandt arrives
CU. Insignia on car
SV. Dr Heinrich Luebke arrives
SV.PAN. Dr Adenauer arrives
GV. Interior of hall
CU. Professor Carlo Schmid
LV. Gerstenmaier arrives at platform & speaks
Rear V. Dr Adenauer votes
LV. Other Minister voting
SV. Willy Brandt votes
SV. Von Brentano votes
SV.PAN. Dr Luebke votes
GV. Voting continues
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Background: VISNEWS filmed West Berlin July 1 as leading West German politicians arrived at the East Prussia Hall in the city's exhibition grounds and cast their votes in the Presidential Election.
Prominent members of the Federal Assembly, the electoral college, seen arriving and voting are: Free Democratic candidate Dr Max Backer, Social Democratic candidate Professor Carlo Schmid, Christian Democratic candidate Inc Heinrich Luebke, West Berlin's Mayor Willy Brandt, Chancellor Dr Konrad Adenauer and Foreign Minister Dr Heinrich von Brentano. The session was opened by President of the Bundestag Dr Gerstenmaier.
During the ballots West Berlin police kept watch on roads and railways from East Berlin to make sure no Communist demonstrators created disturbances in the city. Despite vociferous protests to the Western Powers by East Germany against the holding of the election in Berlin - underlined by an announcement of "measures to be taken on July 1" - all remained quiet.
Results issued later in the day brought a pleasant surprise for the Christian Democrats. After one inconclusive ballot their candidate Dr Luebke eventually received 526 of the 1,038 votes - six more than the necessary absolute majority of 520 votes. Social Democrat Dr Carlo Schmid received 386, Free Democrat Dr Backer 99, with 22 abstentions.
The ruling West German party had had its doubts about the outcome of the election since its only coalition partners, the German Party, announced June 27 they would abstain because recent party bickerings had damaged the dignity of the country's highest office.