• Short Summary

    THE RESULT OF THE FIRST ELECTIONS IN THE BRITISH PROTECTORATE OF BECHUANALAND UNDER THE NEW SELF GOVERNMENT CONSTITUTION WILL BE KNOWN TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

  • Description

    THE RESULT OF THE FIRST ELECTIONS IN THE BRITISH PROTECTORATE OF BECHUANALAND UNDER THE NEW SELF GOVERNMENT CONSTITUTION WILL BE KNOWN TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).POLLING HAS BEEN HEAVY AMONG THE THIRD OF THE COUNTRY'S 542,000 ENTITLED TO VOTE.

    GABERONES, AFRICA'S NEWEST CAPITAL - WAS BUILT AT A COST OF R6,000,000.THE NEW CITY IS RISING ON THE DRY PLAIN WHERE PLANNERS HOPE THAT IT WILL EVENTUALLY HOLD 10,000 PEOPLE.THE SITE IS ON CROWN LAND, PREVENTING ANY TRIBAL JEALOUSIES, AND THERE IS NO RACIAL RESTRICTION ON THE SALE OF PLOTS.

    THREE MEMBERS HAVE ALREADY BEEN RETURNED UNOPPOSED TO THE 31-NAN LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY; 80 CANDIDATES CONTESTED THE REMAINING 28 SEATS.IT IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THERE HAS BEEN ADULT SUFFRAGE AND THE WOMEN'S VOTE IS EXPECTED TO WEIGH HEAVILY IN FAVOUR OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE BECHUANALAND DEMOCRATIC PARTY, 42-YEAR-OLD MR.SERETSE KHAMA.THE MAIN ISSUE IS LAND - SECURITY OF TENURE OR GOVERNMENT CONTROL.THE PROTECTORATE'S 4,000 EUROPEAN SUPPORT MR.KHAMA WHO FAVOURS A MULTI-RADIAL SOCIETY, AND A 'GOOD NEIGHBOUR' POLICY TOWARDS BORDERING SOUTH AFRICA.

    FROM DAWN THE NEW VOTERS BEGAN MAKING THEIR WAY TO POLLING STATIONS; THEY CAME ON FOOT, BY DONKEY OR ON BICYCLE, THROUGH BUSH AND DESERT; SOME ARRIVED IN TRUCKS AND CARS.BUSHMEN CONVERSED ON THE FEW DESERT TOWNS TO CAST THEIR VOTE.EACH PARTY'S DISTINCTIVE SYMBOL AND COLOUR WERE PLACED ON DISCS IN EACH BOOTH - THE VOTER PLACING THE PARTY DISC HE FAVOURED IN ONE BALLOT BOX AND THE REMAINING THREE IN ANOTHER REJECT ???.

    THE PROTECTORATE ENTERS INDEPENDENCE WITH A ONE-PRODUCT ECONOMY, LIVESTOCK, AND ALMOST COMPLETE ECONOMIC DEPENDENCE ON NEIGHBOURING SOUTH AFRICA.WHOEVER BECOMES PRIME MINISTER OF THE EMERGING NATION, HE WILL HAVE TO FACE THE PRESSURE OF OTHER AFRICAN STATES IN THEIR CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE POLICIES OF SOUTH AFRICA AND RHODESIA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA84VD8L29T6YEAC0W83N6BTALT
    Media URN:
    VLVA84VD8L29T6YEAC0W83N6BTALT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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