• Short Summary

    President Kenneth Kaunda was returned to power on Wednesday (December 5) with at least 85 per cent of the vote in Zambia's first General ad Presidential elections since the country became a one party state last year.

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    President Kenneth Kaunda was returned to power on Wednesday (December 5) with at least 85 per cent of the vote in Zambia's first General ad Presidential elections since the country became a one party state last year. But the total poll, estimated to be 39 per cent, was the lowest since independence. About a million of the one million seven hundred thousand electorate did not vote.

    President Kaunda, who led his country to independence nine years ago, was the only presidential candidate. Returns from 121 of the 125 constituencies showed he had 546,000 'Yes' votes against 81,000 'No' votes, but there were several surprising defeats in the General election. Three Cabinet Ministers and eleven Ministers of State lost their seats.

    Observers said the voters' apathy could partly be put down to the fact that there was only the United National Independence Party to vote for. But they stressed that the fall of so many Ministers and the uninhibited opposition shown to President Kaunda in the south showed that the elections were effective.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9RJZVSDR1VXV3CF254SSUP2YG
    Media URN:
    VLVA9RJZVSDR1VXV3CF254SSUP2YG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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