Nearly, 1,000,000 Hanoi residents voted on Sunday (25 April) in the first-ever elections for a common National Assembly for North and South Vietnam.
GV: Hanoi street scene, with election posters across road
GV Election map showing North and South Vietnam
GV PAN queue outside polling station
SV INTERIOR National Assembly chairman, Mr. Truong Chinh, voting
SV Voters collect ballot papers form officials
SV Voters fill in ballot papers
SV and CU people voting (3 shots)
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Background: Nearly, 1,000,000 Hanoi residents voted on Sunday (25 April) in the first-ever elections for a common National Assembly for North and South Vietnam.
The authorities claimed a 99 per cent turn-out by Hanoi voters in the poll for the assembly, which will re-unite the two halves of Vietnam.
Six top North Vietnamese political leaders running in the Hanoi district were elected, with more than 99 per cent of the votes in their constituencies. They included the chairman of the North Vietnamese National Assembly, Mr. Truong Chin who was one of the first to cast his vote.
The new 492 seat assembly which will have no opposition members, has the duty of undertaking the long-awaited task of unifying the country, divided for over 100 years.
The polling took place five days before the first anniversary of the fall of Saigon which followed the overthrow of the United States - backed South Vietnamese Government of President Nguyen Van Thieu.
The elections were hailed by Radio Hanoi, monitored in Bangkok by Reuters, as the "second great victory" since the end of the war. The first meeting of the new National Assembly is next month, when the structure of a unified government for both North and South Vietnam will also be decided.