Voting began early throughout Hungary today (Sunday) as some seven million voters went to the polls to elect a new National Assembly (Parliament) and local town and village councillors under a new and more democratic electoral system.
GV PAN Modern buildings
SV People arriving & leaving polling station
SV INT People voting (4 shots)
GV People arriving at another polling station.
SCU Voters receive flowers with voting papers (3 shots)
GV Country polling station
CU Countrymen arriving to vote (2 shots)
CU Poster of candidates
SVs Country people voting (3 shots)
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Background: Voting began early throughout Hungary today (Sunday) as some seven million voters went to the polls to elect a new National Assembly (Parliament) and local town and village councillors under a new and more democratic electoral system.
Under the new system, candidates in 50 of the 350 Parliamentary constituencies have been nominated by the general public--in opposition to officially-nominated candidates of the Communist-sponsored Hungarian Patriotic Front. Similar relaxations in nomination procedures were also permitted for the choice of some 70,000 local councillors.
The electoral reform was designed to enhance public participation in the electoral process after a period of political apathy. Reports from Budapest indicate that officials--including Communist Party Leader Janos Kadar and President Pal Losonczi--fell that the new procedure has proved a success.
Also in line with the new liberalism, Mr. Kadar said in a speech winding-up his electoral campaign, that Hungary sought normal relations with all states--including the United States and West Germany, and wished to facilitate a settlement of religious issues with the Vatican.
This coverage of the polling was supplied by Hungarian Television.