• Short Summary

    WITH POLLING ON FRIDAY, CAMPAIGNING IN RHODESIA'S GENERAL ELECTION IS ENTERING ITS FINAL STAGES. THE?

  • Description

    WITH POLLING ON FRIDAY, CAMPAIGNING IN RHODESIA'S GENERAL ELECTION IS ENTERING ITS FINAL STAGES. THE RULING RHODESIAN FRONT IS CONFIDENT OF OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FROM THE MAINLY-WHITE ELECTORATE. ITS MAIN OPPOSITION WILL COME FROM THE MULTI-RACIAL RHODESIA PARTY.

    THE RHODESIAN FRONT IS LED BY THE PRIME MINISTER, MR. IAN SMITH. HE WANTS INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN BY THE END OF THE YEAR, AND THIS IS THE KEYNOTE OF HIS PARTY'S CAMPAIGN. HE ASKS ELECTORS TO UNITE BEHIND A "GOVERNMENT YOU CAN TRUST."
    THE DEPUTY PREMIER, MR. CLIFFORD DUPONT, HAS BEEN SPEARHEADING THE RHODESIAN FRONT'S CAMPAIGN. THE PARTY ALREADY HAS BEEN RETURNED UNOPPOSED IN 22 SEATS OF THE 65-SEAT PARLIAMENT, AND NEEDS ONLY ANOTHER 22 TO OBTAIN THE TWO-THIRDS' MAJORITY MR. SMITH WANTS.

    THE OPPOSITION RHODESIA PARTY IS CONTESTING ONLY 36 SEATS, WHICH MEANS THAT IT WOULD HAVE TO WIN AT LEAST 33 TO GET A MAJORITY. THE PARTY IS OPPOSED TO THE GOVERNMENT'S THREAT TO SEIZE INDEPENDENCE IF TALKS WITH BRITAIN FAIL. IT IS PLEDGED TO WORK FOR NEGOTIATED INDEPENDENCE AND RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT. IT IS PUTTING UP CANDIDATES IN THE 15 SEATS FOR AFRICANS. HOWEVER, MOST AFRICANS QUALIFIED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS HAVE SAID THEY WILL BOYCOTT THE ELECTION.

    (THE MAIN NATIONALIST LEADER, MR. JOSHUA NKOMO, NOW IN RESTRICTION NEAR THE MOZAMBIQUE BORDER, SAYS HE AND HIS SUPPORTERS WILL IGNORE THE ELECTION. SOME 35 AFRICAN STATES HAVE DEMANDED THE ELECTION BE CANCELLED, CLAIMING IT WILL ALLOW MR. SMITH TO DECLARE RHODESIA INDEPENDENT).

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD1PSCGHLCR05S1IHEPTNMC2ZS
    Media URN:
    VLVAD1PSCGHLCR05S1IHEPTNMC2ZS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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