• Short Summary

    THE WORLD'S LARGEST GENERAL ELECTIONS BEGAN YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) IN INDIA WHEN POLLING STATIONS IN EIGHT OF THE COUNTRY'S SIXTEEN STATES OPENED.

  • Description

    THE WORLD'S LARGEST GENERAL ELECTIONS BEGAN YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) IN INDIA WHEN POLLING STATIONS IN EIGHT OF THE COUNTRY'S SIXTEEN STATES OPENED. VOTING WILL CONTINUE FOR A WEEK, AND MORE THAN 250-MILLION PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO VOTE.

    MORE THAN FIFTY PER CENT OF THE ELECTORATE IS AGED UNDER 35, AND MILLIONS OF YOUNG INDIANS WILL BE HAVING THEIR FIRST VOTE. IT IS INDIA'S FOURTH GENERAL ELECTION SINCE INDEPENDENCE WAS GRANTED IN 1947.

    THE PEOPLE OF INDIA ARE ELECTING A GOVERNMENT TO RULE THE COUNTRY FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. YESTERDAY VOTING STATIONS OPENED IN THE STATES OF ANDHRA PRADESH, BIHAR, UTTAR PRADESH, GUJARAT, MADRAS, MARASHTRA, MYSORE AND RAJASTHAN, AND IN THE CENTRALLY-ADMINISTERED TERRITORY OF MANIPUR. THESE STATES INCLUDE ABOUT ONE-FIFTH OF THE TOTAL ELECTORATE OF THE COUNTRY.

    THIS FILM WAS TAKEN IN MANIPUR, IN THE REMOTE NORTH EAST OF INDIA. THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 6-MILLION PEOPLE IN THE TERRITORY, INCLUDING NAGAS, MEITEIS, KUKIS AND NEPALESE. ONLY ABOUT TWENTY PER CENT OF THE POPULATION IS LITERATE. HOWEVER, THE ELECTION HAS AROUSED GREAT INTEREST, PARTICULARLY AMONG THE WOMEN WHO ARE KEEN INTO EXERCISE THEIR VOTING RIGHTS.

    THERE WERE LONG QUEUES OF TRIBAL PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE POLLING STATIONS. ELECTORAL OFFICIALS PATIENTLY EXPLAINED TO THEM THE PROCEDURE FOR CASTING THEIR VOTES.

    IT IS ESTIMATED THE 15-MILLION PEOPLE CAST THEIR VOTES YESTERDAY. IN SOME AREAS VOTING WAS FOR ONE DAY, BUT IN OTHERS POLLING STATIONS WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL NEXT TUESDAY (21 FEBRUARY). THE RESULT OF THE ELECTION IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE OFFICIALLY DECLARED FOR SEVERAL DAYS AFTER VOTING ENDS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC5PPRNFPGY6B6HJ1SI73C4KWC
    Media URN:
    VLVAC5PPRNFPGY6B6HJ1SI73C4KWC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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