Polish Communist Party Leader Edwards Gierek led Polish voters to the polls on Sunday (March 19) is general elections for a new Communist-dominated parliament.
SV First Secretary Gierek arrives, collects voting ballot
SCU National emblem on wall PAN DOWN TO ballot box
SV Gierek places ballot in box and shakes hands with party officials.
SV Voters collect ballot slips (2 shots)
SV People voting (2 shots)
SV Party officials greeting elderly female voters.
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Background: Polish Communist Party Leader Edwards Gierek led Polish voters to the polls on Sunday (March 19) is general elections for a new Communist-dominated parliament.
Held one year early, the elections were billed as a popular referendum on the political and economic reform programme of the one-year old Gierek government.
One Monday, the Polish Communist Party claimed victory in the national vote of confidence, through details of the final vote count were not immediately known.
SYNOPSIS: Polish Communist Party leader Edward Gierek arriving at a Warsaw polling station to cast his vote in Sunday's general elections for a new Polish parliament. Held one year early, the elections were billed as a vote of confidence in the political and economic reform programme of the year-old Gierek regime. On Monday, the Communist Party claimed victory, though results of the voting wee not immediately disclosed. Party officials predicted the final tally would show about a 98 per cent voter turnout.
The elections, in which an estimated 22 million Poles voted, wee designed to show whether the electorate voices any dissatisfaction by changing the order of candidates presented on the ballot.
The ballots were drawn up by the Communist-dominated National Unity Front. The elections were advanced by 12 months to bring deputies into line with the reform programme of Mr. Gierek, who came to power in December 1970, following severe food price riots in northern Poland. Mr. Gierek has drawn up plans to overhaul the Polish economy while increasing wages and living standards. Although he wants to make the new 460-man parliament a more active body. Polish sources say the solutio of processing economic problems will take precedence over parliamentary reforms.