IN Rhodesia, voting is underway to elect a new multi-racial government which the country's leaders hope will lead to international recognition, Rhodesia's military forces have been put on a war footing in an effort to prevent disruption of the elections by Patriotic Front guerrillas, who operate from across the country's borders.
GV & SV Security guards around polling station near Salisbury (3 SHOTS)
CU Rhodesian Front election poster ZOOM OUT TO polling station officials examining ballot papers
SV Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith arrives by car
CU Smith speaking to reporters in English
SV Smith walks around polling station and talks to election officials and public (3 shots)
SV Smith shakes hands with election officials in another constituency in Salisbury and walks inside polling station (3 shots)
REPORTER: "Good afternoon! Can I ask you why you launched the Zambian raids at this particular time?"
SMITH: "I didn't launch any Zambian raids. You've got me wrong if you think I'm the person who launches raids and organises combined operations. I believe you will find General Combined Operations is on record as saying that hot pursuit is an on-going exercise. They don't decide this day or the next day, it's just when the opportunity presents itself. And as I understand it, the statement is quite clear that we have been threatened...with raids from Zambia By ZAPU terrorists and every now and again we get information as to what is happening in odd places and so we do what I think any normal person would do. What the British did in the last war, for example. And if you don't do these sort of things you must pack up and get out, mustn't you."
REPORTER: "What about the mention of the Russians? Why did the communique specifically mention the Russians?"
SMITH: "Well, I have been told quite a long while now that the Russians have actually moved into positions of control in the ZAPU headquarters in Zambia. That other people have been pushed aside now, they're reorganising it. They have got high-ranking Russian officers who have taken over control. I've had that a few months now in my security reports."
REPORTER: "Do you expect Soviet casualties, then?"
SMITH: "If they are there, I hope so."
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Background: IN Rhodesia, voting is underway to elect a new multi-racial government which the country's leaders hope will lead to international recognition, Rhodesia's military forces have been put on a war footing in an effort to prevent disruption of the elections by Patriotic Front guerrillas, who operate from across the country's borders.
SYNOPSIS: About seventy-thousand Rhodesians have been called up in a massive anti-guerrilla offensive. Many are protecting the two thousand polling stations, while warplanes pound guerrilla camps in neighbouring Zambia.
Premier Ian Smith now claims that many of the guerrillas are now led by senior officers from the Soviet Union.
Mr. Smith's Rhodesian Front Party has won all the white seats contested so far. The Front has been returned unopposed in sixteen other white seats. They occupy all the five guaranteed white places in the coalition Cabinet and are virtually assured of monopolising the white opposition benches in the new majority rule government -- giving them a big say in the running of the new Zimbabwe-Rhodesia. Next Tuesday (17 April), Rhodesia's 2.8 million black voters will elect their 72 representatives.
Bishop Abel Muzorewa's United African National Council is expected to take the majority of Black seats with the Rhodesian Front as the second largest party. Whatever the result, Rhodesian leaders will be looking for a high turn-out of voters to frustrate the guerrillas, and also to show the world that they have the country's black majority behind them.