The one-man Presidential elections in South Vietnam, this coverage of which was satellited back to London, took place today (October 3) amid scattered violence throughout the country.
The one-man Presidential elections in South Vietnam, this coverage of which was satellited back to London, took place today (October 3) amid scattered violence throughout the country. At least 19 people were Killed and about 50 injured. Early returns showed, however, that about 80 per cent of the seven million voters turned out for the polls, and only about ten per cent of the voting cards were spoilt by people opposed to President Thieu's re-election. Final results were not due to be known until the following day (Monday, 4 October). The film includes a statement by President Thieu after he had cast his own vote.
SYNOPSIS: South Vietnam, Sunday--and a heavy turnout by police and troops as voters flocked to the polls in the country's Presidential election, contested only by President Nguyen van Thieu, who was seeking another four-year term of office. The two other original candidates, Vice-President Nguyen Cao Ky and former head of state General Duong van Minh, withdrew in August in pretest at alleged election frauds by President Thieu. They also stayed away from the polls on Sunday, but early results showed that about 80 per cent of the seven million voters cast their ballot. The same early results showed that only about the per cent of the papers were spoilt in protest at President Thieu's one-man elections--certainly not sufficient to hold the President to his promise to withdraw if at least half the votes were invalid. Scattered violence, meanwhile, continued to take place throughout the country. At least 19 people were killed and 50 injured, mostly in North Vietnamese attacks.
President Thieu and his wife also turned out to vote. Final results were not expected before the following morning, and it was expected that the President would wait until Wednesday before announcing his decision on whether to accept any mandate for another term in office. After casting his ballot, he told newsmen that he would consider all factors, before making a decision.