The first General Election in seven years was held in North Vietnam ten days ago.?
GV Candidate addresses electors
SV PAN President Ton Duc Thang & Turong Chih listening
SCU Empty ballot box displayed
CU Padlock placed on box.
MV President Ton Duc Thang places vote in box.
GV & SV Voters queue and receive voting slips (3 shots)
SV Voters out of and into booths
SV Voters place slips into ballot box
GV EXT 48th voting place.
CU List of electoral candidates
MV Vice Premier Nguyen Luing Bang voting (2 shots)
GV Others voting (2 shots)
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Background: The first General Election in seven years was held in North Vietnam ten days ago. Radio reports claim near 100 per cent turnout for the election, which was delayed three years because of the war. This film, from an official source, shows President Ton Duc Thang and Vice-Premier Nguyen Luing Bang among the early voters. The election is for the National Assembly--and one of their first tasks will be to find a successor to President Ton Duc Thang, who filled the post after the death of Ho Chi Minh in 1969.
Later reports indicated easy victories for the government leaders.
SYNOPSIS: Candidates in North Vietnam's first General Election for seven years address voters for the last time before votes are cast. President Ton Duc Thang and Turong Chih, the Chairman of the Permanent Committee of the National Assembly were among the early voters here in Hanoi two weeks ago.
Throughout the country, almost a turn-out of nearly 100 per cent was reported.
Here the President votes. One of the tasks of the new National Assembly will be to find a successor for this man. He succeeded the late Ho Chi Minh to the post in 1969.
The voters were asked to choose 420 members from 529 candidates. Normally, elections should be held every four years, but this one was held up for three years because of the war. The Premier Pham Van Dong, called the election a victory for the Vietnamese people locked in combat with the United States of America. He said that the elections were all the more significant for taking place at a time when the Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian peoples were winning great victories in the battlefield.
Of the 529 candidates, all but seven were nominated by the Vietnam Fatherland Front. The Front embraces all political, ethnic, and racial groups, but is controlled by the ruling Worker's Party. Here, Vice-Premier Nguyen Luing Bang casts his vote. PAUSE FIVE SECONDS. The election resulted in easy victories for the government's leaders. The President and Chairman of the Assembly both received almost 100 per cent support from the electorate.