Burma is holding general elections for the second time since 1974, when under the constitution, all political parties were banned except the ruling party of President Ne Win -- the Burmese Socialist Programme Party.
GV Shwedagon Pagoda
GV Street with flags
GV & CU Election bill-boards in street (4 shots)
GV People entering pooling station (3 shots)
GV Electioneering float outside apartment flats
CU Dance troop on float
GVs, & CU Children watching dance troop (5 shots)
GV EXT Polling station
CU Election poster TILT UP TO man reading newspaper
On Tuesday (3 January) the Working People's Daily newspaper in Rangoon announced that President Ne Win had been re-elected and that so far 49 leading members of his Government had also been re-elected. Political observers say it's expected there will be some Cabinet changes but so far details of these, if any, have not been officially announced.
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Background: Burma is holding general elections for the second time since 1974, when under the constitution, all political parties were banned except the ruling party of President Ne Win -- the Burmese Socialist Programme Party.
SYNOPSIS: Voting began on 1 January and in the capital of Rangoon some 1.78 million people eligible to vote were expected to do so. The elections were for the highest positions in the Government right down to those for the Village-Tract Council. The country has been under the leadership of President Ne Win since the coup that he led in 1962.
The streets were quiet on the first day of voting. Government offices and most shops were closed. Artists from the Dance and Drama division of the Fine arts Department travelled around Rangoon under escort by troops entertaining the voters and urging them to vote.
Burma has potential in resources such as rice, timber, minerals, oil and precious stones. Despite this, the country is reported to be short of essential consumer goods Children are said to be suffering from shortage of protein in their diets.
Business is state run. President Ne Win has said free enterprise will gradually allowed to return however no date for this to begin has been put forward.