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    Splits between Rhodesia's black political parties have emerged since the one-man, one-vote elections ended in a major victory for Bishop Abel Muzorewa.

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    CU Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole speaking in English and crowd applauds (2 shots)

    SCU Sithole continues speaking as crowd listens (4 shots)

    GV Crowd listens (2 shots)

    SITHOLE: "The ZANU Central Committee came to the following conclusions: One, that there is plenty evidence which shows that certain serious irregularities did take place during the April elections; Two, that many presiding officers exercised undue influence on the voters; Three, that the pattern of the alleged irregularities was country-wide -- thus seriously suggesting that the election was stage-managed from start to finish."

    SITHOLE: "We also have irrefutable evidence that the Ministry of Internal Affairs, working with district assistants, particularly in the protected villages, prejudiced the conduct of the election, not only before, but also during, the elections. We also have evidence of an exceptional anomaly that did occur before and during the elections. A large number of political prisoners were released with the understanding that they campaign for the U.A.N.C. Such evidence has been received from all eight electoral provinces. It involves district.... ....commissioners, district assistants, and other election officers, as well as the U.N.A.C. auxiliary forces. We also have evidence that the principle of one-man, one-vote was grossly violated, since many people voted more than once. And, since by using a certain chemical, the fluid used for voting could be removed, and hence, it was that busing for voting purposes was much in evidence during the five days of the election. We believe the whole process of exercising the election was one big cheat. We believe there is a great deal that has been done to cheat the people of this country. And, therefore, we cannot associate ourselves with a deal which is based on the process."

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    Background: Splits between Rhodesia's black political parties have emerged since the one-man, one-vote elections ended in a major victory for Bishop Abel Muzorewa. His United African National Council (UANC) won fifty-one of the seventy-two black seats in the majority rule Parliament, and, in May, Bishop Muzorewa will be sworn in as Rhodesia's first black prime minister. The election, and the ability of the new government to take over, has been seriously challenged by the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, leader of the Zimbabwe National Union (ZANU). At a news conference in Salisbury on Saturday (28 April), he described the bi-racial election as "a big cheat".

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