The Chinese majority in the Portuguese-run territory of Macao look likely to take control of the legislative assembly after elections on August 15 in which they were allowed to vote for the first time.
GTV PAN Macao hilltop.
GV Bosco college, where polling is taking place, entrance.
GV & PAN Voters arriving and leaving polling station. (2 SHOTS)
SVs TO GV People looking at ballot papers and queueing to enter booths. (2 SHOTS)
SVs People entering polling station and voting. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Downtown polling station with people entering. (2 SHOTS)
SV Woman receiving ballots paper and voting. (3 SHOTS)
GV People queueing to vote.
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Background: The Chinese majority in the Portuguese-run territory of Macao look likely to take control of the legislative assembly after elections on August 15 in which they were allowed to vote for the first time. Election officials announced that two of the six seats in Macao's 17-seat assembly contested by direct election had been won by Chinese candidates. The previous assembly, dominated by Macao citizens of mixed Portuguese and Chinese descent, was dissolved last February when Governor Rear Admiral Almeida E Costa called for fresh elections. In separate indirect elections, five Chinese candidates representing various economic interests were returned unopposed. A sixth Chinese candidate won a contested seat. The Governor will himself appointed the remaining five members to the assembly. He has told reporters that he wishes the assembly to reflect more closely the composition of Macao society. The assembly has the power to enact laws, approved the budget and exercise control over government.