• Short Summary

    Sunday (3 October) is the day of judgement for South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu who goes to the Presidential polls as the only candidate for his country' leadership -- although he has promised to resign if gets less than half of the vote.

  • Description

    Sunday (3 October) is the day of judgement for South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu who goes to the Presidential polls as the only candidate for his country' leadership -- although he has promised to resign if gets less than half of the vote.

    The biggest concentration of voters is in Saigon, one of the most crowded cities in the world, and it is here President Thieu is concentrating his campaign. So far he has made only one trip into the countryside, where his land reform programme has made his popular.

    The Presidential election will not only be a best of Thieu's popularity, but also of his ability to handle major domestic issues. Poverty and corruption are rife in Saigon, and the vote in the countryside will probably be the deciding factor in the one-sided election.

    This film, shot by Visnews cameramen Neil Davis, illustrates the feelings behind the election and trades the position of Saigon and the countryside to the coming election.

    SYNOPSIS: Next Sunday is the day of judgement for President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam. He is the only candidate in the presidential election on that day and has promised to resign if he gets less than half of the vote. The biggest concentration of voters is in Saigon, the capital whose three to four million people make it one of the most crowded cities in the world and where ten million leaflets urge the people to vote in favour of a foregone conclusion.

    The security arrangements for the election are tight and well organised, and, despite outbursts of anti-Thieu dissent, most of the militant opposition appears to have been curbed by rigorous military measures.

    President Thieu can expect a favourable response from the military, the police and from local contractors and civil servants...and the Roman Catholic community. Lately, however, the Catholics have split their alliances and some of their militant members have joined forces with some of the Buddhists in opposing the one-men election.

    The South Vietnamese Senate has declared the election illegal, and the Senate Speaker, Nguyen Van Huyen, went on television recently to read a resolution to call off the election altogether....President Thieu rejected the appeal.

    Disabled war veterans have stoked the fires of protest further, claiming that the election will be rigged. President Thieu replied that the critics and demonstrators could cast votes if they were dissatisfied with the election situation.

    The Presidential election will be a measure of President Thieu's popularity, and of his ability to handle domestic issues....like Saigon's poverty.

    The countryside is where President Thieu hopes for the bulk of his support. It was for this that he instigated his land reform programme -- land to the peasants. And the country people make up the numbers who decide who will sit in the Presidential Palace for the next four years.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAX43PA6NQUB1KPQS4H5I4Q0H8
    Media URN:
    VLVAX43PA6NQUB1KPQS4H5I4Q0H8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/09/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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