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.
LV Campaign workers hand out leaflets to people in street.
CU Woman hands out leaflets.
GV Citizens around park with signs bearing names of candidates.
GBV Kim Hyn Chul, former Rhee finance minister, speaks at City Park meeting.
CU PAN..Of board with names of candidates.
CU Old man in Korean costume.
GV Chung Suh, independent speaking.
GV PAN..Crowds listening.
BV Dr. M. Chang, democrat, giving interview to press
CU Chang speaking
GV Crowds gathered at Han River
GV Of crowd
SV Men in swimsuit listening at Han River meeting
SV Man gathering leaflets scattered by election campaigners.
GV Koh Kwang Man, former Vice Education Minister, speaks.
CU Man listening
GV Of crowds listening
SV No Chung II, Korean Republican, speaking
SV People clap
GV PAN..Massed crowd listening.
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Background: 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.