• Short Summary

    THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH KOREA HAVE VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY, IN A REFERENDUM IN FAVOUR OF A NEW CONSTITUTIONAL AS DRAWN UP BY THE RULING MILITARY JUNTA.

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    THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH KOREA HAVE VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY, IN A REFERENDUM IN FAVOUR OF A NEW CONSTITUTIONAL AS DRAWN UP BY THE RULING MILITARY JUNTA. THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS PROVIDE FOR A STRONG PRESIDENT AND A WEAKER SINGLE-CHAMBER NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

    VOTING WAS HELD ON MONDAY AND ABOUT EIGHTY-FIVE PER CENT OF THE ELECTORATE OF 12,500,000 WENT TO THE POLLS. IT WAS THE FIRST VOTE HELD IN SOUTH KOREA SINCE THE MILITARY FORCES TOOK OVER POWER IN MAY 1961, AND WAS CONSIDERED TO BE A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE FOR THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT.

    RESULT OF THE REFERENDUM HAS CAUSED LITTLE SURPRISE. FOR WEEKS BEFORE THE VOTING, A BIG CAMPAIGN HAD BEEN HELD IN THE COUNTRY TO INFORM THE ELECTORATE ON THE PROPOSED CHANGES.

    THE GOVERNMENT DECLARED A DAY'S HOLIDAY TO ENCOURAGE A HIGH VOTE AND MORE THAN SEVEN THOUSAND POLLING STATIONS WERE SET UP THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. MARTIAL LAW HAS LIFTED EARLIER IN THE MONTH TO ALLOW A FREERER ATMOSPHERE FOR THE VOTING.

    GENERAL CHUNG HEE PARK, CHAIRMAN OF THE MILITARY JUNTA AND ACTING PRESIDENT, AND HIS WIFE WERE AMONG THE VOTERS AT ONE CROWDED POLLING STATION. BOTH WERE DRESSED IN PLAIN CLOTHES. AFTER THE TREND OF THE RESULT WAS KNOWN, HE THANKED THE PEOPLE FOR THEIR VERDICT AND SAID THAT THEY HAD ESTABLISHED A "NEW TRADITION IN THE HISTORY OF KOREAN DEMOCRACY."
    JUNTA OFFICIALS SAID THAT THE NEW CONSTITUTION -- THE THIRD SINCE 1948 -- WOULD BE PROCLAIMED ON DECEMBER 21 (FRIDAY) BUT WOULD NOT BECOME EFFECTIVE UNTIL AFTER THE NEW NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IS ELECTED NEXT MAY.

    LATEST FIGURES SHOW THAT 8,000,000 VOTERS WERE IN FAVOUR OF CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES, 2,000,000 WERE OPPOSED, AND 200,000 WERE DECLARED INVALID.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6N9ULQQWZM8O8O5EN9XLJRPVR
    Media URN:
    VLVA6N9ULQQWZM8O8O5EN9XLJRPVR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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