• Short Summary

    Cities and towns throughout India took on a festive air as campaigning for the Indian general election reached a climax on polling day.

  • Description

    1.
    GV GAILY BEDECKED STREETS IN OLD DELHI
    2 ft

    2.
    SV PAN PARTY SUPPORTERS ON TRISHAWA WAVING FLAGS
    5 ft

    3.
    GV BUILDING WHERE VOTING TOOK PLACE IN DELHI
    7 ft

    4.
    SV CONGRESS PARTY CANDIDATE, MR. SHASHI BHUSHAN, SPEAKING TO SUPPORTERS OUTSIDE POOLING BOOTH.
    10 ft

    5.
    SV OPPOSITION JUNTA PARTY CANDIDATE, MR. VAJPAYEE, ENTERING POLLING BOOTH WITH SUPPORTERS
    12 ft

    6.
    SV ZOOM INTO CU VOTERS HAVING DYE PLACED ON FINGERS
    16 ft

    7.
    SV WOMEN VOTERS QUEUING UP TO VOTE
    18 ft

    8.
    SV VOTERS REGISTERING
    22 ft

    9.
    SV OLD MAN PLACING HIS VOTE IN BALLOT BOX
    27 ft

    10.
    SV VEILED WOMAN REGISTERING TO VOTE
    30 ft

    11.
    SV PAN QUEUE OF VOTERS
    33 ft

    12.
    SV WOMAN CARRYING CHILD IN POLLING BOOTH (2 SHOTS)
    38 ft

    13.
    SV VOTERS QUEUING UP OUTSIDE POLLING BOOTH
    41 ft



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Cities and towns throughout India took on a festive air as campaigning for the Indian general election reached a climax on polling day.

    Polling officials reported one of the largest turnouts of voters ever in an Indian general election.

    A candidate for the ruling Congress Party in Delhi, Mr. Shashi Bhushan, said the high number of voters would prove to be an advantage to the government.

    However, one of his rival, Mr. Vajpayee of the opposition Janata Party, claimed the large turnout would favour the opposition.

    To assist in registering voters many polling booths placed dye marks on the fingers of those waiting in the queves.

    Although there were isolated incidents of violence and intimidation particularly in the northeastern states of Bihar and West Bengal, the overall picture was one a large number of people voting enthusiastically and peacefully.

    After reviewing the situation, the election commission ordered partial re-polling in only eight of the three hundred constituencies because of alleged intimidation and vote rigging.

    The large turnout of voters may have been due to the fact that this election is being fought between two major parties and their allies. Past elections have been fought between the ruling Congress Party and a number of smaller divided rivals.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAED5JEUP8A5LFYWMWR5U85CP44
    Media URN:
    VLVAED5JEUP8A5LFYWMWR5U85CP44
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/03/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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