On December the seventh the people of West and East Pakistan will go to the polls in the first general election since the nation gained its independence in 1947. (The election has been delayed in areas effected by the cyclone disaster of last month).
GV Street and Boat symbol in Dacca (2 shots)
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BACK VIEW Rickshaw with electoral poster of Awami League
CU TILT wall showing slogans and posters
CU PAN posters
LV and CU House on stilts - symbol of national Awami Party
SV PAN from Disney poster to Awami League poster
LV Scales - symbol of Jamaat Islami Party
REAR VIEW Rickshaw away with Posters
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SV TILT DOWN Awami League symbol to car and Rickshaw
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CU PAN Slogan on wall to poster
CU PAN Boy selling Awami League badges
CU Man buying newspaper at stall
SV Porters carrying baskets of coal from wharf (3 shots)
SV Porters carrying baskets of fish from boats
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CU Small boat loaded with jute
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SV Bales of jute pushed over bridge
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Background: On December the seventh the people of West and East Pakistan will go to the polls in the first general election since the nation gained its independence in 1947. (The election has been delayed in areas effected by the cyclone disaster of last month).
In East Pakistan the election campaign is being used to air long standing grievances that until now West Pakistan has dominated successive governments and taken a larger and unfair share of the common resources of the two wings of the nation. Under the system adopted for the election, East Pakistan, with a population of 70-million, is expected to gain a majority representation int he new national assembly.
The great hope in East Pakistan is that if the territory gains it predicted assembly majority at the election it will lead to a constitution giving East Pakistan greater autonomy. Some hard line East Pakistanis are already talking of total independence.
Several parties are contesting for seats, but the Awami League, led by Sheikh Mujib-ur Rahman is the most dominant. Sheikh Rahman has spoken of the alleged economic exploitation of the region by West Pakistan, saying the west wing has treated the east as a colony and reduced its trade to that of a local market. The Sheikh's supporters are predicting the Awami League may win as much as 97 per cent of the East Pakistan national assembly places.
The Awami League has advocated better relations with neighbouring India. East Pakistan for some years had strong trade ties with India, but these ended, according to East Pakistanis, because of constant quarrelling between West Pakistan and India. As a result, East Pakistan now has to buy coal, previously imported from India, from countries as far away as Australia and the People's Republic of China. It costs three times as much as Indian coal.
Trade with India in fish used to earn East Pakistan GBP1-million sterling a year, but now only local trade is carried on at the Dacca fish market. The biggest complaint, however, has been over jute exports to India that were worth GBP 50-million sterling. The trade declined after 1949, and ended entirely in 1965 with the Indo-Pakistan conflict on Kashmir.
The military administration of Pakistan has announced that troops are to be mobilised on Monday, election day, to ensure the elections are peacefully conducted.