• Short Summary

    EARLY RESULTS IN THE REFERENDUM IN CONGO-KINSHASA ON A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR THE REPUBLIC CONTINUE TO SHOW THAT A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF CONGOLESE MEN AND WOMEN SAID "YES" TO THE PROPOSED CHANGES.

  • Description

    EARLY RESULTS IN THE REFERENDUM IN CONGO-KINSHASA ON A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR THE REPUBLIC CONTINUE TO SHOW THAT A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF CONGOLESE MEN AND WOMEN SAID "YES" TO THE PROPOSED CHANGES. THE FIRST VOTERS WENT TO THE POLLS ON SUNDAY (JUNE 4) BUT THE REFERENDUM WON'T END UNTIL JUNE 16TH. FINAL RESULTS ARE EXPECTED ON JUNE 24TH.

    THE LATEST PROVISIONAL RESULTS IN KINSHASA, THE CAPITAL, GIVE MORE THAN AN 80 PER CENT VOTE OF APPROVAL. IN ONE PROVINCE, WESTERN KASAI, THERE WAS ALMOST A PERFECT VOTE - 99.9 PER CENT.

    UNDER THE NEW CONSTITUTION, FEDERAL STRUCTURE WILL GIVE WAY TO A UNITARY STATE WITH A MORE POWERFUL CHIEF EXECUTIVE, A PRESIDENT, A ONE-HOUSE PARLIAMENT AND A TWO-PARTY SYSTEM. IT WILL ALSO GIVE VOTING RIGHTS TO WOMEN, WHO ARE TAKING PART IN THE REFERENDUM BY SPECIAL DECREE.

    ON THE FIRST DAY, THERE WERE QUEUES AT POLLING CENTRES IN KINSHASA FROM DAWN, AND THEY STAYED THAT WAY FOR MOST OF THE DAY. OVERALL, PEOPLE OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE VOTED MASSIVELY AND CALMLY.

    TO COPE WITH THE BIG POLL, THERE WERE MOTE THAN 500 POLLING CENTRES IN THE THIRTEEN BOROUGHS OF KINSHASA ALONG. "YES" CARDS WERE PRINTED IN RED AND "NO" CARDS IN BLACK.

    THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTION HAS THE BACKING OF PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU AND HIS PARTY, THE REVOLUTIONARY POPULAR MOVEMENT.

    THE REFERENDUM WILL BE FOLLOWED BY PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR AND PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN 1970.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA78MB6EIG5QZ20J31G0H9KOR45
    Media URN:
    VLVA78MB6EIG5QZ20J31G0H9KOR45
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/06/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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