• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS OF AFRICANS TREKKED TO POLLING STATIONS THROUGHOUT THE TRANSKEI, ON WEDNESDAY, TO RECORD THEIR VOTES AND CREATE SOUTH AFRICA'S FIRST 'BANTUSTAN' -- A SELF-GOVERNING, ALL BLACK STATE WITHIN THE REPUBLIC.

  • Description

    THOUSANDS OF AFRICANS TREKKED TO POLLING STATIONS THROUGHOUT THE TRANSKEI, ON WEDNESDAY, TO RECORD THEIR VOTES AND CREATE SOUTH AFRICA'S FIRST 'BANTUSTAN' -- A SELF-GOVERNING, ALL BLACK STATE WITHIN THE REPUBLIC.

    LARGE QUEUES FORMED OUTSIDE VOTING STATIONS, AS AFRICAN AND WHITE OFFICIALS STRUGGLED TO EXPLAIN THE COMPLICATED BALLOTING SYSTEM TO LARGELY ILLITERATE VOTERS.IN THE MAIN TOWN, UMTATA, CROWDS PUSHED AND JOSTLED IN THEIR EAGERNESS TO GET THROUGH THE BARRIERS TO CAST THEIR VOTES.AT OTHER POLLING STATIONS CLOSE TO MAIN ROADS TRAVELLED BY TOURISTS, VOTERS WAITING IN THE QUEUES, CROUCHED DOWN AND COVERED THEIR FACES FROM THE CAMERA.THEY ARE NOT EXACTLY CAMERA-SHY -- OUR CAMERAMAN TELLS US THAT THEY REFUSE TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED UNLESS THEY ARE PAID.

    FROM OF A LIST OF 180 CANDIDATES IN NINE CONSTITUENCIES, VOTERS HAD TO CHOOSE 45 TO REPRESENT THEM IN THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY.THE ASSEMBLY'S OTHER 64 SEATS WILL BE FILLED BY TRADITIONAL CHIEFS, NOMINATED BY THE NATIONALIST GOVERNMENT.

    (THE MAIN RIVALS IN THE ELECTION ARE CHIEF MATANZIMA AND PARAMOUNT CHIEF VICTOR POTO.CHIEF MATANZIMA, FAVOURED BY THE NATIONALIST GOVERNMENT, IS A FIRM SUPPORTER OF THE BANTUSTAN THEORY OF SEGREGATED BLACK DEVELOPMENT.CHIEF POTO SUPPORTS MULTI-RACIAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE REGION.THE RESULTS, WHICH ARE NOT EXPECTED FOR AT LEAST A WEEK, ARE LIKELY TO DECIDE THE SUCCESS OR FAILURE OF THE BANTUSTAN POLICY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEQTKYFVELIZA6UMJOCQOW37FE
    Media URN:
    VLVAEQTKYFVELIZA6UMJOCQOW37FE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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