The pro-Western National Revolutionary Movement swept the polls in South Vietnam, August 30. Of the?
The pro-Western National Revolutionary Movement swept the polls in South Vietnam, August 30. Of the party's 84 candidates only ten failed to secure seats.
Six-and-a-half million people (86 per cent of the electorate) polled in this the second election for the National Assembly since independence was attained in 1954 after the break-up of French Indo-China.
President Ngo Dinh Diem was filmed recording his vote in Saigon. Like all other voters his personal papers were scrutinised before he was allowed to vote. Results enable the President to carry on with his basic foreign affairs.
The pro-President parties won 120 of the 123 seats. Social Democrats secured one seat and the official Opposition, the unregistered Democratic Block, gained two places in the new Assembly.
Although candidates said they were allowed more freedom of speech in the electoral campaign than in 1956, the elections were rigidly controlled by Government officials. Several Opposition candidates were prosecuted for breaches of the Electoral Law. The short time allowed for campaigning and the tight control were necessary, the Government claimed, to safeguard the country against Communist agents and propaganda infiltrating from North Vietnam.