Opposition leaders in Peru have called on the present government to resign following major leftist gains in the November 13 municipal elections.
GV Troops on guard outside polling booth in Ayacucho, jeep passing queue of voters waiting outside (5 shots)
SV Guard checking man's identity papers, walking to group of soldiers
SV PAN Troops in jeep driving slowly past queues
SV TRACKING SHOT Queues alongside fence outside polling station (2 shots)
SV People filing into polling station holding up identity cards (2 shots)
SV Troops inside station compound searching voters (2 shots)
SV Officials issuing voting cards to people
SV INTERIOR Man voting
GV & SV Government building with emblem (2 shots)
GV & SV Police, election official and military forces guarding the voting boxes being brought to a government building (3 shots)
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Background: Opposition leaders in Peru have called on the present government to resign following major leftist gains in the November 13 municipal elections. They say their victories in Lima and important provincial cities reflected nationwide discontent with present government policies. There was high voter turnout in the city of Ayachucho, 560 kilometres (350 miles) southeast of Lima, despite an earlier campaign by leftist guerrillas to persuade people not to vote. The communist party faction "Sendero Luminoso" proclaimed the elections a farce. But on the day, an estimated eighty per cent of eligible voters went to the polls. Security was heavy because of guerrilla threats to disrupt voting. Hundreds of police and government troops patrolled the streets and guarded polling booths. Guerrillas based in the city have been fighting a campaign against the government for three years. An estimated 1,700 people have been killed in various incidents. People in this region and throughout poverty-stricken Peru have been hit badly by recession. The purchasing power of workers has been halved this year with inflation running at 130 per cent. Most people regarded the elections as a test of government policy aimed at solving Peru's grave economic crisis. Opposition parties now feel confident of repeating their gains in presidential elections scheduled for 1985. The administration of the ruling Popular Action Party (AP) led by President Fernando Belaunde Terry deny their policies are to blame for Peru's troubles. Prime Minister Fernando Schwald blamed defeat in the elections on unavoidable economic recession, recent floods in the north, and drought in the south.