Over the past -two weeks the Communist authorities in both South and North Vietnam have been publishing lists of candidates who will be standing in the first national elections on 25 April.
Over the past -two weeks the Communist authorities in both South and North Vietnam have been publishing lists of candidates who will be standing in the first national elections on 25 April. The elections will be for a common national assembly for the whole of Vietnam.
A total of 281 candidates will contest 243 seats for South Vietnam, and in the capital, Saigon, 44 candidates will contest 35 seats. The official list includes political figures, two army generals, two Buddhists, two Catholics, one journalist, one actor, two students, nine workers, four farmers and two candidates of Chinese origin.
Among the leading candidates are Mr. Hynh Tan Phat, President of the Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG), Mr. Nguyen Huu Tho, President of the National Liberation Front (NLF); Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, Foreign Minister in the PRG; Mr. Pham Hung, Politburo Member of the Vietnam Worker's Party Central Committee; General Tran Van Gra, former Chairman of the Military Management Committee in Saigon; and Mr. Vo Van Kiet, Chairmanh of the People's Revolutionary Committee.
In North Vietnam, lists of candidates have been posted up throughout the country, according to the North Vietnam News Agency. According to the Agency, the lists were first considered by electoral committees in provinces and cities, before they were made public.
The lists have appeared in Bac Thai, Ha Son Binh, Vinh Phu and other provinces, as well as in Hanoi and Haiphong cities.
In the South, hundreds of posters have appeared in the towns and villages---many of them proclaiming "Vietnam Reunification". Officials have been putting up lists of candidates, and people have been flocking to the election offices to register in order to vote in the country's first general election for over a generation.
SYNOPSIS: This building, which is now Saigon's municipal theatre, was formerly the place where South Vietnam's national assembly used to meet In two weeks' time, the people of North and South Vietnam will vote in the first nationwide general election for moire than a generation. The whole country is now preparing for the day when a national assembly will be elected for a reunified Vietnam.
Over the past two weeks, the Communist authorities have been publishing lists of candidates and encouraging the population to register in order to obtain a vote. In the south, a total of 281 candidates will contest 243 seats.
In Saigon, people have been flocking to the election offices to register. They will have a choice of 44 candidates who are contesting 35 seats. And in North Vietnam the same process is going on apace.
In the South, the published lists of candidates not only includes political figures, but also two army generals, two Buddhists, two Catholics, a journalist, an actor, two students, nine workers, four farmers, and two candidates of Chinese origin. The leading political candidates include the President of the Provisional Revolutionary Government, Mr. Huynh Than Phat, the President of the National Liberation Front, Mr. Nguyen Huu Tho, and Madame Nguyen Thi Binh.
Madame Binh, who is the PRG's Foreign Minister, was one of the negotiators for the Communists during the Vietnam war. In North vietnam, the lists of candidates which have been posted throughout the country, were first considered by electoral committees before being made public.
One of the most important issues that has arisen is whether former ARVN soldiers, who have been re-educated by the revolutionary authorities should be allowed to vote in the election. In villages and towns throughout the south the question is decided at public meetings.