• Short Summary

    Thousands of Prague citizens gathered in the city's Sporting Hall on Wednesday (24 November) for a meeting with leading Party and Government representatives to prepare for Friday's (26 November) general elections.

  • Description

    Thousands of Prague citizens gathered in the city's Sporting Hall on Wednesday (24 November) for a meeting with leading Party and Government representatives to prepare for Friday's (26 November) general elections.

    Despite unprecedented efforts by Prime Minister Gustav Husak and his Government to encourage citizens to the polls, Western observers speculate that only about 90 per cent of the electorate will vote. Some Czechoslovak sources say the figure might even be as low as 80 per cent.

    Voters will have no choice of candidates for the 350-seat Federal Assembly the 200-seat Czech National Council, the 150-seat Slovak National Council, and thousands of regional, municipal and local committees.

    The new elections should have been held in 1968 but were postponed because of the invasion by Soviet and other Warsaw Pact forces, who crushed the reformist movement of former party Chief Alexander Dubcek.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA81RE0V0ET5FPKRC8Y3DN0SMCA
    Media URN:
    VLVA81RE0V0ET5FPKRC8Y3DN0SMCA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/11/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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