Pakistanis went to the polls on Monday (December 7) in the nation's first ever one-man one-vote elections.
GV EXT, women outside female polling station
SV Queue of women voters (2 shots)
MV Troops PAN to women.
MV Election poster.
MV INT, Males voting. (4 shots)
MV President Yahya Khan gets voting paper and goes into booth. (2 shots)
MV President Yahya
CU Ballot box being opened and votes being counted.
TRANSCRIPT: Interviewer: "Some candidate already are taking exception to the provision in the legal framework order that you can either authenticate or reject the constitution. How serious an issue do you think that may become ?"
President Yahya: "Well, the question of seriousness does not arise. No constitution in the world, no Act of Parliament in the world, can be passed without the Head of State authenticating it. There's nothing new."
Interviewer: "But these people are claiming that this is simply the imposition of one mans' will over the will of a majority of people elected by the people."
President Yahya: "Well, the country is being run by one's will There's martial law on the land. And if they make a constitution, I ll pass the sovereignty to them. Until then, one man's will is that - that's true."
Interviewer: "Mr. President, has there been any reply from India to the strong protest Note which was delivered ? "
President Yahya: "About what ?"
Interviewer: "Over the attack on the enclave in the East."
President Yahya: "I haven't heard anything yet."
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Background: Pakistanis went to the polls on Monday (December 7) in the nation's first ever one-man one-vote elections. They were electing 300 Members for the new National Assembly whose first task will be to draft a new constitution. President Yahya Khan was among the voters.
If the Members can agree on a constitution President Yahya Khan will validate it. Until then, as he told reporters, be would still be running the country.
Two strong men emerged from the early results. On the political Left, it was a former Foreign Minister, Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, whose People's Party stands for Islamic Socialism. On the Right, Sheikh Mujiber Rahman, leader of the Awami (People's) League won most of the seats in East Pakistan.
The two most come to terms if Pakistan is to take its first step back to civil government.