In Rhodesia, counting of votes in the election for the country's first black prime minister continued well into the night of Monday (23 April).
GV & SV INTERIOR Ballot boxes being bought into main building (2 shots)
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SV Woman and man counting votes....assorted shots of counters (5 shots)
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Background: In Rhodesia, counting of votes in the election for the country's first black prime minister continued well into the night of Monday (23 April). Unofficial foreign observers watching the court said that the United African National Council (UANC) of Bishop Abel Muzorewa appeared to be heading for victory.
SYNOPSIS: The counting followed five days of voting by blacks and whites to fill the seventy-two black seats in the one hundred-seat parliament of Zimbabwe (Rhodesia). The Rhodesian Front party of white leader Ian Smith had already won the twenty-eight white seats. Reuters news agency said the national outcome of voting would probably be known on Wednesday (25 April).
Informed church sources in Salisbury said that many black guerrillas had spent weeks before the voting teaching blacks how to spoil their ballots. Black nationalists had fiercely opposed the election, claiming that whites would wield too much power in the resulting coalition. Reuters said that, halfway through the day of counting, the Salisbury centre reported only eighty spoiled ballot papers. The government had announced that almost sixty-four percent of the country's two point nine million black and white electorate had voted. South Africa endorsed this estimate with the comment that it was a complete rejection of terrorism.
Civil servants making the count were locked in the counting centres until they had completed their task. Seats in the parliament will be allocated to the four major, and one minor, black parties according to the percentage of votes won in each district of the eight constituencies.