INTRODUCTION: In Vietnam, over 23 million people voted in local People's Council elections this week.?
GV: election banner across Hanoi street. (2 shots)
MV: truck with flag along street with election slogans on back.
GV: election banners on building CUT TO CU poster of man voting. (2 shots)
MV: people looking at list of names on board
CU: President Tong Duc Tanh walking to polling station
INTERIOR: polling station, Tanh casts vote.
CU: bust of Ho Chi Minh.
GV: Hanoi street, decorated lorry passes with flags PAN TO banner-covered archway, with people outside.
MV: people looking at election literature on board.
MV: people preparing to vote.
INTERIOR: polling station, voting in progress. (2 shots)
GV: polling station people voting in front of bust of Ho Chi Minh and vase of flowers.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Vietnam, over 23 million people voted in local People's Council elections this week. For the south these were the first local elections since the re-unification of the country following the end of the Vietnam war.
SYNOPSIS: But for the people of Hanoi it was nothing new. This is the seventh time they have been to the polls to choose their representatives to the People's Councils -- the last local elections took place in north Vietnam four years ago. However, just over a year ago National Assembly elections were held and Vietnam was proclaimed a socialist republic.
In Hanoi province one representative for every 10,000 voters is chosen for the People's Councils. Among those who voted on Sunday (15 May) was Vietnam's President TongDuc Tanh, who cast his ballot at Hanoi's eighth polling booth. Aged 79, President Tanh succeeded the late Ho Chi Minh as Head of State of the then North Vietnam in September 1969, after having been Vice President since July 1960.
Like the people here in Hanoi, inhabitants of other towns and cities had their opportunity to elect their representatives -- and judging by the numbers who turned out most of them took advantage of it. In Hanoi 140 representatives will be chosen out of 173 candidates. The results will be announced on the 22nd and 23rd of May.