• Short Summary

    Venezuelans are preparing for municipal elections on June 3rd -- the first time in the country's democratic history that they'll have been held separately from a national poll.

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    Venezuelans are preparing for municipal elections on June 3rd -- the first time in the country's democratic history that they'll have been held separately from a national poll. With the campaign nearing its end, voters are being courted by the three main political parties contending for power.

    SYNOPSIS: The tortoise symbol represents an attack on the government party COPEI -- the Christian Democrats -- for allegedly failing to tackle the country's problems. Other parties involved are the Social Democrats, fielding candidates under the Democratic Action party banner, and a coalition of the left. Venezuela's municipal councils are responsible for local affairs including water supplies and public transport.

    A number of women candidates are standing for office, a rare occurrence in South America. This rally was held to support Yvonne Attas, a Syrian-born Social Democrat. She's journalist and a well-known face on television as an actress.

    The parties appeal to voters to remember the colour of their symbols -- green for one party, white for another. At the polls the candidates will be indicated on the ballot papers by the colour of their particular party. It's a common practice in the region where many voters are unable to read.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB9EBKTE9VFMBGE3WSAXVDN70G
    Media URN:
    VLVAB9EBKTE9VFMBGE3WSAXVDN70G
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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