• Short Summary

    NEARLY FOUR MILLION SOUTH VIETNAMESE TURNED OUT ON SUNDAY TO VOTE FOR AN ASSEMBLY WHICH WILL DRAFT A NEW CONSTITUTION.

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    NEARLY FOUR MILLION SOUTH VIETNAMESE TURNED OUT ON SUNDAY TO VOTE FOR AN ASSEMBLY WHICH WILL DRAFT A NEW CONSTITUTION. THIS MEANT THAT ABOUT 80 PER CENT OF THE REGISTERED VOTERS DEFIED VIET CONG ATTEMPTS TO MAKE THEM STAY AT HOME, AND CHOSE 117 OUT OF 568 CANDIDATES STANDING FOR ELECTION.

    THE VIET CONG MADE 147 ATTEMPTS TO SABOTAGE THE ELECTIONS. THEY KILLED 19 PEOPLE AND WOUNDED 120 WITH THE USE OF MINES, MORTARS, GRENADES, AND SNIPING.

    THE VIET CONG SHELLED THREE DISTRICT TOWNS, MILITARY BASES, SNIPED AT VOTERS AND HURLED GRENADES INTO CROWDS OF VOTERS. BUT THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT SAID THEY HAD FAILED COMPLETELY IN THEIR EFFORT TO FORCE PEOPLE TO BOYCOTT THE ELECTIONS. BEFORE THE ELECTION THE PRIME MINISTER, AIR VICE-MARSHAL NGUYEN CAO KY, SAID THAT HE WOULD REGARD A 60 PER CENT TURNOUT AS A SUCCESS.

    THE CALL BY LEADERS TO COUNTRY'S BUDDHISTS FOR PEOPLE TO BOYCOTT THE ELECTION WAS ALSO LARGELY INEFFECTIVE.

    THE ELECTED CANDIDATES WILL START DRAFTING A NEW CONSTITUTION WITHIN TWO WEEKS IN A MOVE TOWARDS AN ELECTED CIVIL GOVERNMENT. MEANTIME, HOWEVER, THE RULING MILITARY JUNTA LED BY AIR VICE-MARSHAL KY WILL REMAIN IN POWER.

    IN ONE INCIDENT A GOODS TRAIN WAS BLOWN UP BY A MINE ABOUT THREE MILES NORTH OF SAIGON. SEVEN COACHES AND THE LOCOMOTIVE WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND SOME PASSENGERS RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES, BUT ON ONE WAS KILLED.

    PEOPLE VOTE ONLY WHEN THEY BELIEVED THERE WERE ENOUGH GOVERNMENT SOLDIERS TO PROTECT THEM. IN VILLAGES SUCH AS BINH HUNG AND AN PHU, NEAR SAIGON, ALMOST EVERY REGISTERED VOTER CAST HIS BALLOT. BUT IN DA PHUOC NOBODY VOTED. AT ABOUT MIDNIGHT, SIX HOURS BEFORE THE ELECTION HEADQUARTERS IN THE VILLAGE WAS DUE TO OPEN, THE VIET CONG LAUNCHED A MORTAR ATTACK.

    SEVENTY MORTAR SHELLS WERE RIGHT ON TARGET IN THE VILLAGE COMPOUND, AND AFTER THEY HAD SHELLED THE VILLAGE THE VIET CONG BURNED THE ELECTION HEADQUARTERS AND ANYTHING WHICH HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE ELECTION.

    SEVEN WERE KILLED AND 13 WOUNDED IN THE ATTACK, ALTHOUGH A SQUAD OF VIETNAMESE REGIONAL FORCES WERE IN THE VILLAGE AT THE TIME.

    LATER GOVERNMENT TROOPS MOVED IN, BUT THEY WERE TOO LATE.

    ALL UNITED STATES SERVICEMEN AND GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL WERE RESTRICTED TO THEIR QUARTERS DURING ELECTION DAY. AND ONLY AMERICAN NEWSMEN WERE SEEN NEAR THE POLLS.

    THE ARMY TURNED OUT EN MASSE TO VOTE. EVEN MEN WHO WERE WOUNDED BUT COULD STILL WALK WENT TO THE POLLS. THE BEDRIDDEN VOTED IN HOSPITAL.

    IF THE PEOPLE WHO DID VOTE WERE FRIGHTENED BY VIET CONG ATTACKS, THEY DID NOT SHOW IT. THE ATMOSPHERE AT THE POLLING BOOTHS WAS HAPPY AND MANY VOTERS WERE DRESSED IN THEIR SUNDAY BEST.

    FIRST REPORTS SAID THAT THREE PROMINENT SOUTH VIETNAMESE CIVILIAN POLITICIANS WON SEATS. THEY WERE AMONG 16 VICTORS IN SAIGON WHO ALSO INCLUDED CITY COUNCILLORS, BUSINESSMEN, TEACHERS AND A CHEMIST, A JOURNALIST, A DOCTOR, ENGINEER AND A LAWYER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEEYDLCBH9YV87Q699I1S0J60P
    Media URN:
    VLVAEEYDLCBH9YV87Q699I1S0J60P
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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