The forthcoming national elections were the topic of Premier Nguyen Cao Ky's first taped television address to the South Vietnamese people.
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Background: The forthcoming national elections were the topic of Premier Nguyen Cao Ky's first taped television address to the South Vietnamese people. The taping took place in Saigon's main television studio on Wednesday (24 August).
In his address, the Premier pledged his word of honour as a soldier that the September 11th elections would be honest. He said unless the people voted, South Viet Nam could very easily be plunged into another period of political turmoil and instability. Premier Ky pointed out that no government of South Viet Nam--not even his--had been elected by the people. He also pointed out that he was not elected Premier.
He added South Viet Nam needs a legally elected government to deal with other governments.
Five million South Vietnamese are registered to vote in the elections to choose an Assembly--which will then write a constitution.
Premier Ky also promised the eligible voters that his army would do everything in their power to protect them against Viet Cong reprisals. The Viet cong has started a campaign to keep the South Vietnamese from voting on election day.
After the taping, Premier Ky watched a replay and said he liked what he saw--except for one thing: there were two spots of light on his nose. But he said he much preferred having spots of light on his nose than having to wear make-up.