Rumania held its first elections with a choice of candidates for 29 years on Sunday (9 March).
GV Campaign poster.
SV PAN Election officials going through papers.
SV People placing votes in ballot box.
SV President Ceausescu and wife arriving at Polling Station.
SV President Ceausescu and wife waving to crowd in street. (2 shots)
SV President Ceausescu with voting paper.
GV PAN President Ceausescu casts votes and officials applaud.
SV President Ceausescu and wife leaving Polling Station and cheered by waving crowds. (5 shots)
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Background: Rumania held its first elections with a choice of candidates for 29 years on Sunday (9 March). But every nominee had to pledge support for the Communist Party.
Top leaders of the ruling party were unchallenged, but 139 of the 349 Parliamentary seats were each being contested by two candidates.
All candidates--having promised to support all aspects of the Communist programme--were selected by the Communist-run Socialist Unity Front.
The choice was greater in polling for local councils, with three quarters of all seats contested. There were 90,905 candidates for 51,414 seats in counties, municipalities, towns and communes.
It was reported that by mid-day on Sunday about 92 percent of the 14.5 million electorate had voted for a new parliament and local councils. President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife were among the early voters.
They were cheered by large crowds of supporters who lined the streets and waved party flags outside the polling station.