• Short Summary

    SWAZILAND -- THAT POCKET-SIZED BRITISH COLONY TUCKED AWAY IN THE NORTH-EAST OF SOUTH AFRICA -- HAS HAD ITS FIRST GENERAL ELECTION IN 61 YEARS OF COLONIAL RULE.

  • Description

    SWAZILAND -- THAT POCKET-SIZED BRITISH COLONY TUCKED AWAY IN THE NORTH-EAST OF SOUTH AFRICA -- HAS HAD ITS FIRST GENERAL ELECTION IN 61 YEARS OF COLONIAL RULE. EUROPEAN WENT TO THE POLLS LAST WEEK, AND YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) IT WAS THE AFRICANS' TURN.

    THEY ARE CHOOSING THE 24 MEMBERS OF THE FIRST LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, WHICH IS PROVIDED FOR UNDER SWAZILAND'S NEW CONSTITUTION. ALL TOLD, THERE ARE 72,000 VOTERS ON THE ELECTORAL ROLL.

    RESULTS HAVE YET TO BE ANNOUNCED, BUT THE PARTY MOST FAVOURED TO GET A MAJORITY IS THAT OF THE 74-YEAR-OLD PARAMOUNT CHIEF, SOBHUZA II. HIS PARTY WAS LAUNCHED ONLY LAST APRIL UNDER THE NAME OF IMBOKODVO, WHICH MEANS "GRINDSTONE."
    SHOULD HE WIN AND WITH A SWEEPING MAJORITY, KING SOBHUZA (AS HE IS LOCALLY KNOWN) MAY PRESS FOR IMMEDIATE INDEPENDENCE. AND SHOULD HE GET THAT, MANY PEOPLE THINK HE MAY VOLUNTARILY SEEK ASSOCIATION WITH NEIGHBOURING SOUTH AFRICA TO CONSOLIDATE HIS TRIBAL POSITION.

    IF SWAZILAND WERE TO BE ABSORBED BY SOUTH AFRICA, SHE WOULD PROBABLY BECOME ONE OF THE ONE-RACE BANTUSTAN STATES WHICH DR. VERWOERD'S REGIME IN PRETORIA IS PLANNING FOR. THAT WOULD MEAN THE END FOR THE SCORES OF EUROPEAN FARMERS.

    IN THIS ELECTION, BRITISH OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN SUPERVISING THE VOTING. IN THE SWAZI CAPITAL OF MBABANE, THE COURTHOUSE AND SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN CONVERTED INTO POLLING STATIONS.

    EACH CANDIDATE IS SIGNIFIED BY AN OBJECT AND HIS PHOTOGRAPH. VOTERS PRICK THE BALLOT SLIP WITH A NAIL IN THE SQUARE ALONGSIDE THE NAME OF EACH CANDIDATE. SOMETIMES IT BECOMES A BIT CONFUSING AS MANY AS FOUR OF THE CANDIDATES FOR THE ONE SEAT HAVE THE SAME SURNAME.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA23E4Z8GA5C661U8U2HI3CWCK
    Media URN:
    VLVAA23E4Z8GA5C661U8U2HI3CWCK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/06/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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