• Short Summary

    THE PORTUGUESE GENERAL ELECTION: A HEAVY TURNOUT OF VOTERS WAS REPORTED TODAY (SUNDAY) IN THE ELECTION BOTH IN METROPOLITAN PORTUGAL ITSELF AND IN THE OVERSEAS TERRITORIES.

  • Description

    THE PORTUGUESE GENERAL ELECTION: A HEAVY TURNOUT OF VOTERS WAS REPORTED TODAY (SUNDAY) IN THE ELECTION BOTH IN METROPOLITAN PORTUGAL ITSELF AND IN THE OVERSEAS TERRITORIES. THE RULING NATIONAL UNION PROVIDED THE ONLY CANDIDATES, AND IN THE ABSENCE OF AN OPPOSITION, GOVERNMENT SUPPORTERS WERE REPRESENTING THE BALLOT AS MORE OF A PLEBISCITE ON THE FUTURE OF PORTUGAL'S OVERSEAS TERRITORIES.

    THE BALLOTING IS TO ELECT A NEW NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF 130 MEMBERS, OF WHICH 23 REPRESENT THE OVERSEAS TERRITORIES. THE RULING NATIONAL UNION PARTY WAS CONTESTING ALL THE SEATS.

    OF THE 40 OPPOSITION CANDIDATES WHO STARTED IN THE CONTEST, 34 WITHDREW ON THE GROUNDS THAT THEY HAD FAILED TO SECURE A GUARANTEE OF FREE ELECTIONS. THE REMAINING SIX HELD OUT UNTIL YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) AND THEN WITHDREW IN PROTEST AT NOT BEING GRANTED A POSTPONEMENT IN THE VOTING. ALL 40 CANDIDATES STARTED THE CAMPAIGN SUPPORTING SELF DETERMINATION FOR PORTUGAL'S OVERSEAS TERRITORIES.

    IN A TELEVISION BROADCAST ON FRIDAY NIGHT, DR. SALAZAR, NOW 76, REJECTED THE OPPOSITION CANDIDATES' FOREIGN POLICY. HE APPEALED TO ALL PORTUGUESE TO VOTE -- WHETHER THE OPPOSITION WAS REPRESENTED OR NOT -- IN A DEMONSTRATION OF "THEIR PATRIOTISM AND FAITH IN THE FUTURE".

    BALLOTING WAS REPORTED QUIET AND ORDERLY. TROOPS WERE PLACED ON THE ALERT AS AT ALL ELECTIONS BUT THERE WAS NOTHING FOR THEM TO DO.

    (THE SIX OPPOSITION CANDIDATES WHO WITHDREW YESTERDAY SAID THEY NEEDED TIME TO OBTAIN THE SAME TYPE OF PAPER AS THE NATIONAL UNION PARTY FOR BALLOT PAPERS IN ORDER TO ENSURE SECRET VOTING. THEY SAID THE GOVERNMENT PARTY HAD BROUGHT UP ALL THE PAPER AVAILABLE.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC0AD7A936589SW0PV3JAMGHTI
    Media URN:
    VLVAC0AD7A936589SW0PV3JAMGHTI
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/11/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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