Chile held its first Municipal elections since President Salvador Allende became the world's first freely-elected Marxist Head-of-State last November.
GV People walking in street PAN TO Polling centre.
SV & CU Electoral registrars at table voters. (3 shots)
GTV Polling booths.
STV ZOOM IN Man enters booth with sign "electoral Registry for Male voters"
GTV & STV People voting (2 shots)
GV ZOOM IN People entering building, Army guard on duty (2 shots)
SV Soldiers, directing women to voting places.
CU Nun ZOOM OUT to women queuing to vote PAN to Television cameramen (3 shots)
SV ZOOM In Woman voting.
SV Voters & Army guards outside building TILT UP to windows.
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Background: Chile held its first Municipal elections since President Salvador Allende became the world's first freely-elected Marxist Head-of-State last November. Heavy voting on Sunday (April 4), gave the President's United Popular Front coalition of Left-Wing parties a 50% of the total vote in 280 municipalities. This result has given him a far stronger hand for the establishment of a Socialist regime in Chile.
The main opposition christian Democrats - led by ex-resident Eduardo Frei - gained the largest single-party vote with 25% of the ballots.
The film was shot in Santiago, the Capital, and it is interesting to note that - although all citizens over 21 are eligible to vote - polling in segregated, the men and women voting in separate stations.
A heavy military guard was out to guard the polling booths - but no serious trouble was reported except in the Southern port of Puerto Aysen, where a leader of the Christian Democratic Youth Party died after a clash with youths outside the local Socialist Party Headquarters.