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    ABOUT ONE AND A HALF MILLION ISRAELIS WENT TO THE POLLS TODAY (OCT 28) TO ELECT A NEW PARLIAMENT - THE SEVENTH SINCE ISRAEL WAS FOUNDED 21 YEARS AGO.

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    VOTERS AND OFFICIALS AT POLLING STATION; WOMAN VOTING; OFFICIALS; DAYAN IN POLLING STATION; OFFICIAL MARKING OFF VOTER.




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    Background: ABOUT ONE AND A HALF MILLION ISRAELIS WENT TO THE POLLS TODAY (OCT 28) TO ELECT A NEW PARLIAMENT - THE SEVENTH SINCE ISRAEL WAS FOUNDED 21 YEARS AGO. FROM EARLY RETURNS IT APPEARED THAT THE RULING LABOUR GROUP WOULD LOSE SOME SEATS.

    THE ELECTIONS WERE HELD AMID STRONGEST SECURITY PRECAUTIONS. POLICE, CIVIL DEFENCE FORCES AND SECURITY MEN KEPT A CLOSE WATCH ON POLLING STATIONS BECAUSE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ARAB GUERILLA RAIDS. BULLET-PROOF AND FIRE-PROOF BALLOT BOXES WERE USED IN SOME AREAS. HOWEVER, ALL WAS QUIET THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

    A SURPRISING FEATURE OF THE DAY WAS THE LARGE NUMBER OF ARAB RESIDENTS OF THE FORMER JORDANIAN SECTOR OF JERUSALEM WHO TURNED OUT TO VOTE IN THE CITY'S MAYORAL ELECTIONS, WHICH WERE ALSO HELD TODAY. AS THEY ARE NOT ISRAELI CITIZENS THE ARAB COULD NOT VOTE IN THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS.

    SIXTEEN PARTIES CONTESTED THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS, BUT SEVERAL OF THE SMALLER ONES ARE NOT EXPECTED TO HAVE ANY CANDIDATES ELECTED.

    MRS. GOLDA MEIR'S RULING LABOUR ALIGNMENT HELD 63 OF THE 120 SEATS IN THE OLD PARLIAMENT BUT SEEMS LIKELY TO HAVE LESS THAN 60 IN THE NEW PARLIAMENT.

    BUT WHATEVER THE OUTCOME, THE 71-YEAR-OLD GRANDMOTHER HAS MADE IT CLEAR SHE WILL CONTINUE WITH THE PRESENT NATIONAL COALITION GOVERNMENT OF ALL MAJOR PARTIES WHICH WAS FORMED ON THE EVE OF THE SIX DAY WAR IN 1967.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAFSPIUDW4U3L2IOB8IYUQO7CB
    Media URN:
    VLVAAFSPIUDW4U3L2IOB8IYUQO7CB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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