• Short Summary

    Seoul, South Korea, July 23-25, seethed with pre-election activity as candidates and voters prepared for the July 29 general election - the first since the revolution which ousted President Syngman Rhee last April.

  • Description

    Seoul, South Korea, July 23-25, seethed with pre-election activity as candidates and voters prepared for the July 29 general election - the first since the revolution which ousted President Syngman Rhee last April.

    The capital's central post office dealt with an unprecedented volume of campaign leaflets; there was also the task of sending out postal vote forms, and troops were called in to help with the massive task.

    Two huge meetings were highlights of the campaign scene. In one of the city's parks thousands gathered under a hot sun to hear speeches from candidates for the 58-member Upper House; and by the Han river another huge crowd came to hear speeches by candidates for the 233 Lower House seats.

    President Rhee's Liberal party is now discredited, and the most powerful group is the conservative Democratic Party. Leading one wing of the Democrats, who formed the main opposition to Rhee for the past 12 years, is Dr. John Myun Chang, a former Vice-President and regarded as a likely candidate for the office of Prime Minister.

    Under the constitution - revised since the revolution - executive power is now centered on the Premier - not President as before, - and there are new guarantees against rigged elections. 11 1/2 million voters will be taking part on the election.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC0MWYD20J4IJH3TWFM3WRJAI5
    Media URN:
    VLVAC0MWYD20J4IJH3TWFM3WRJAI5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/07/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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