• Short Summary

    NORTHERN RHODESIAN OF ALL RACES BEGAN GOING TO THE POLLS TODAY (MONDAY) FOR THEIR FIRST "ONE MAN, ONE VOTE" GENERAL ELECTION, MARKING THE LAST-BUT-ONE STAGE IN THE TRANSFER OF POWER TO THE TERRITORY'S AFRICAN MAJORITY.

  • Description

    NORTHERN RHODESIAN OF ALL RACES BEGAN GOING TO THE POLLS TODAY (MONDAY) FOR THEIR FIRST "ONE MAN, ONE VOTE" GENERAL ELECTION, MARKING THE LAST-BUT-ONE STAGE IN THE TRANSFER OF POWER TO THE TERRITORY'S AFRICAN MAJORITY.

    FILMS SHOWS PREPARATIONS FOR THE ELECTION BY CIVIL AUTHORITIES. INCLUDING THE CALL-UP OF POLICE RESERVES, AND ELECTIONEERING BY SUPPORTERS OF THE THREE POLITICAL PARTIES CONTESTING THE 75 SEATS IN THE SINGLE CHAMBER LEGISLATURE.

    THE COPPER-RICH TERRITORY WAS PART OF THE CENTRAL AFRICAN FEDERATION WHICH CAME TO AN END ON NEW YEAR'S EVE. NOW UNDER A NEW CONSTITUTION, NORTHERN RHODESIA HAS BEEN GRANTED INTERNAL SELF-RULE, WHICH BECOMES EFFECTIVE AS SOON AS A NEW GOVERNMENT IS FORMED.

    THERE ARE THREE PARTIES FIGHTING THE ELECTION, BUT IT APPEARS CERTAIN THE MR. KENNETH KAUNDA'S UNITED NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE PARTY, (UNIP), WILL BE RETURNED WITH A DECISIVE MAJORITY. IT HAS ALREADY CAPTURED 24 OF THE 75 SEATS WITHOUT OPPOSITION.

    THE ONLY TRIAL OF STRENGTH WILL BE IN VOTING ON THE RESERVED ROLL WHICH HAS 24 THOUSAND WHITES, AND A SMALL NUMBER OF ASIANS AND PEOPLE OF MIXED COLOUR ON THE LISTS. THE UNIP IS EXPECTED TO MEET STIFF OPPOSITION FROM THE UNITED PROGRESS PARTY, AN ALL WHITE GROUP LED BY MR. JOHN ROBERTS, A BRITISH-BORN FARMER.

    MR KAUNDA'S UNIP PARTY HAS BEEN THE MAJOR PARTNERS FOR THE PAST YEAR IN AN AFRICAN COALITION GOVERNMENT WITH THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS. THIS CONSISTED OF SIX WHITE AND FOUR AFRICAN MINISTERS. HOWEVER, THE NEW GOVERNMENT TO BE FORMED ON WEDNESDAY, (JANUARY 22), WILL HAVE A PRIME MINISTER AND 13 CABINET MINISTERS, ALL OF WHOM ARE EXPECTED TO BE AFRICANS.

    IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE NEW GOVERNMENT WILL IMMEDIATELY START NEGOTIATING WITH BRITAIN TO FIX A DATE FOR FULL INDEPENDENCE, WHICH IS EXPECTED SOMETIME BETWEEN JULY AND SEPTEMBER. IT IS THOUGH THAT AFTER INDEPENDENCE NORTHERN RHODESIA WILL BECOME THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8H7WXFUMCQFBPDECEX8FFC1ON
    Media URN:
    VLVA8H7WXFUMCQFBPDECEX8FFC1ON
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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