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    A 61 YEAR OLD CHEMIST, MR. AKIBO-BETTS, WAS ELECTED MAYOR OF FREETOWN ON TUESDAY (APRIL?

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    A 61 YEAR OLD CHEMIST, MR. AKIBO-BETTS, WAS ELECTED MAYOR OF FREETOWN ON TUESDAY (APRIL 14).....TEN DAYS AFTER THE FIRST ELECTIONS HELD IN THE SIERRA LEONEAN CAPITAL SINCE THE COUNTRY RETURNED TO CIVIL RULE TWO YEARS AGO.

    MR. AKIBO-BETTS WAS VOTED INTO OFFICE BY 24 NEWLY ELE???TE??? COUNCILLORS OF THE FREETOWN CITY COUNCIL. HE POLLED 18 VOTES TO HIS NEAREST OPPONENT'S 6.

    THE ELECTIONS WERE MARRED BY VIOLENCE. THREE PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND FOUR SERIOUSLY INJURED DURING CAMPAIGNING EARLY IN THE MONTH. THE VIOLENCE ERUPTED AFTER MEMBERS OF THE FORMER RULING SIERRA LEONE PEOPLE'S PARTY BROKE UP A MEETING OF SUPPORTERS OF PREMIER SIAKA STEVENS' RULING ALL PEOPLES CONGRESS PARTY.

    MORE THAN 120,000 PEOPLE WENT TO THE POLLS ON APRIL 3 TO ELECT 24 COUNCILLORS. POLLING RESULTED IN A TOTAL WIN FOR THE CONGRESS PARTY WHICH GAINED MORE THAN THREE QUARTERS OF THE VOTES.

    THE COUNCIL HAS BEEN RUN BY TWO SETS OF COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT SINCE 1967 WHEN THE ARMY SEIZED POWER. THE FIRST COMMITTEE WAS SCRAPPED AND THE OUTGOING COMMITTEE WAS SET UP BY PREMIER SIAKA STEVENS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACRM8PMG4JIZWPOBVU7A1NJ715
    Media URN:
    VLVACRM8PMG4JIZWPOBVU7A1NJ715
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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