Togolese President, Gnassingbe Eyadema, has been returned to power after the country's first general elections in 17 years.
GV Togolese President General Eyadema with aides walking towards polling station at Lama-kara
GV Crowd outside school building waiting to vote
GV PAN Voters lining up to vote at another school in Lama-kara (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Voters collecting their ballot papers (2 shots)
GV People voting in streets of capital, Lome (2 shots)
GV Voters standing outside polling station at Mission School
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Background: Togolese President, Gnassingbe Eyadema, has been returned to power after the country's first general elections in 17 years. General Eyadema was the sole candidate in Sunday's (30 December 1979) elections, in which he received 99-point-97 per cent of the vote. When General Eyadema took power in a military coup in January, 1967, he dissolved Parliament and suspended the constitution. Now, following last week's elections, Togo will have a 767-member Parliament and a new constitution.
SYNOPSIS: General Eyadema was among the first people to vote in his home province of Lama-kara, in Northern Togo. Preliminary results showed that voters in Lama-kara gave hundred per cent backing to their President.
National polling results showed that overall, one million 286-thousand 391 people voted for President Eyadema--and only 269 against. Legislative elections were held on the same day--and a list of candidates from Togo's only political party was approved by more than 96 per cent of voters.
In the capital, Lome, there was an equally strong turnout at the polling stations. Voters also overwhelmingly approved of the new constitution, which confirms the ruling Togolese People's Rally as the country's only legal political party.