At the start of the election campaign leading up to the first nationwide general election in Vietnam for more than 30 years, the 44-candidates who are contesting the 35 seats in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) city, were introduced to the public at an election rally in the city's Municipal Theatre on Saturday (10 April).
GV Former national assembly building Exterior
GV Soldier watching people shopping in market
SV Soldiers resting in park
SV Voting posters on hoardings (2 shots)
SV people looking at posters on wall
CU Election propaganda poster PNT TO official election posters showing pictures of candidates including madame Binh, Nghi Doan, Pham Khoan Hong, Ngo Lien, Thanh Loan.
CU Election poster showing pictures of candidates including Huyn Tan Mam, Thich Hien Phap, Vo Thi Thang, Pham Thieu, Nguyen Huu Tho,
GV ZOOM INTO CU candidates poster showing picture of Tran Van Tra
CU Election candidates poster showing Tran Thi Ba, Doung Quynh Hoa, Pham Hung.
GV INTERIOR candidates in Saigon election walking on to stage in City's municipal theatre
GV Audience applauding
SV Madame Binh standing to ovation--
SV Pham Hung standing to applause
SV Pham Thieu standing to applause PAN TO Nguyen Huu Tho standing
SV ZOOM OUT Young female candidate standing
SV Mr. Pham Hung addressing audience (2 shots)
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Background: At the start of the election campaign leading up to the first nationwide general election in Vietnam for more than 30 years, the 44-candidates who are contesting the 35 seats in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) city, were introduced to the public at an election rally in the city's Municipal Theatre on Saturday (10 April). The election will take place on Sunday, 25 April.
The rally was attended by about 700 people, and each of the candidates was introduced by a leading member of the Communist Party, Mr. Pham Hung. He promised the audience that there would be other campaign meetings before the actual election day.
In a 45 minute speech, Mr. Pham Hung emphasised the importance of the coming elections, and described them as "a confirmation of the determination of the whole people to successfully build a peaceful, independent, unified and socialist country". He also warned his audience to guard against what he described as "American imperialists who would not give up their plans to sabotage the elections."
Throughout the city newspapers have been carrying pictures and short biographies of the candidates, and posters showing the faces of the candidates have appeared on walls in all the main streets.
In every ward of the 21 precincts of the city, seminars and rallies have been held for local people so that they can get to know their local candidates, their background and their qualifications.
Reuters report that the campaign is being conducted on a real basis of democracy and equal treatment for all candidates. For instance, the official posters showing photographs of the candidates and giving biographical details, are not laid out in any way to favour any one particular candidate. On one poster the candidate at the top is Tran Thi Ba, a woman electric-welding worker at a French-owned factory, while next-but-one below is the picture of Pham Hung - one of the most important men in South Vietnam.
SYNOPSIS: In the South Vietnamese capital of Ho Chi Minh City, the first nationwide general election campaign for more than thirty years is now in full swing. Election day is on Sunday, April twenty-fifth, and for the first time since the Second World War, north and south will be voting in one election.
In Saigon posters have appeared everywhere urging people to vote and giving details of the forty-four candidates who are contesting the thirty-five seats in the city. They include madame Nguyen Thi Binh, the Foreign Minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government, and the Chairman of the city's Revolutionary Council, Nguyen Huu Tho - whose picture is the last on this picture.
Foreign news agencies have reported that the campaign is being conducted on a real basis of democracy and equal treatment for all candidates. These official posters, giving photographs and biographical details, are not laid out to favour particular candidates. When the campaign began, all the candidates in the Saigon election were introduced to the public at an election rally in the Municipal Theatre.
Mr. Pham Hung, a leading member of the Communist Party, introduced the candidates, including Madame Binh, who is very popular in the city. Mr. Pham Hung is also a candidate for one Saigon ward, and after introducing each candidate individually, he made a forty-five minute speech to the audience, emphasising the election's importance.
He said the election was a confirmation of the determination of the whole people to successfully build a peaceful, independent, unified and socialist country.
He warned people to guard against American imperialists who still planned to sabotage the election.