• Short Summary

    THE PEOPLE OF CYPRUS GO TO THE POLLS ON SUNDAY TO DECIDE WHETHER ARCHBISHOP MAKARIOS SHOULD CONTINUE AS THEIR PRESIDENT OR BE REPLACED BY HIS OPPONENT, DR.

  • Description

    THE PEOPLE OF CYPRUS GO TO THE POLLS ON SUNDAY TO DECIDE WHETHER ARCHBISHOP MAKARIOS SHOULD CONTINUE AS THEIR PRESIDENT OR BE REPLACED BY HIS OPPONENT, DR. TAKIS EVDOKAS, A 40-YEAR-OLD PSYCHIATRIST. DR. EVDOKAS IS SPONSORED BY ORGANISATIONS SUPPORTING ENOSIS, OR UNION WITH GREECE - A POLICY WHICH PRESIDENT MAKARIOS APPEARS TO HAVE ABANDONED FOR THE PRESENT.

    ARCHBISHOP MAKARIOS, AS A RELIGIOUS LEADER AS WELL AS A SECULAR LEADER, HAS REFRAINED FROM WALKING ANY SPEECHES ON HIS OWN BEHALF. HOWEVER, HIS SUPPORTERS HAVE BEEN MORE THAN READY TO SPEAK FOR HIM. DR. EVDOKAS HAS BEEN DOING HIS OWN SPEAKING. THE DIRECTOR OF THE CYPRUS PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE, MR, CHRISTODOULOU, HAS SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL TAKE EVERY MEASURE TO ENSURE DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS AND EXTEND EQUAL ASSISTANCE TO BOTH CANDIDATES.

    ARCHBISHOP MAKARIO'S BALLOT PAPERS, WHICH ARE BLUE, WERE PRINTED AT THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE. DR. EVDOKAS' PAPERS ARE WHITE. WOMEN VOTERS WILL OUTNUMBER MEN INT HE ELECTION, NUMBERING ABOUT 130,000 OUT OF THE TOTAL OF 248,000 VOTERS. ALL PLACES SELLING ALCOHOL WILL BE CLOSED ON ELECTION DAY, AND ABOUT 500 POLICE WILL GUARD THE 388 POLING STATIONS, WHERE SOME 1,500 PUBLIC SERVANTS AND TEACHERS WILL GIVE ASSISTANCE.

    MR. JOHN CLERIDES, WHO OPPOSED PRESIDENT MAKARIOS IN THE 1959 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, IS THIS TIME SUPPORTING HIM. HE SAID RECENTLY THAT IT WAS ESSENTIAL THAT PRESIDENT MAKARIOS' SERVICE BE RETAINED AS HE WAS THE MOST COMPETENT PERSON TO HANDLE THE ISLAND'S PROBLEMS. A VICTORY AT THE POLLS FOR THE PRESIDENT, HE SAID, WOULD STRENGTHEN HIS INTERNATIONAL PRESTIGE. ALL BUT ONE OF THE ISLAND'S NEWSPAPERS ARE ALSO SUPPORTING THE PRESIDENT - AND CONTINUED INDEPENDENCE FOR CYPRUS INSTEAD OF ENOSIS.

    (THE ISLAND'S TURKISH-CYPRIOT MINORITY HAVE DENOUNCED THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL, BUT HAVE THEMSELVES SCHEDULED A VICE-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION FOR THE SAME DAY. THEIR PRINCIPAL CANDIDATE WILL BE DR. FADIL KUTCHUK, PRESENT VICE-PRESIDENT.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAU34MGZ548PHD507NJ1AYLOPN
    Media URN:
    VLVAAU34MGZ548PHD507NJ1AYLOPN
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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