In El Salvador, with the Presidential elections on Sunday (28 March), last minute campaigning has increased amid even tighter security.
SV San Salvador INTERIOR Legislative Assembly with guard of honour entering. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Guard march past President Duarte. (2 SHOTS)
SV President Duarte addressing members.
CU PULL BACK TO GV Camera monitor PULL BACK Duarte on stage speaking and receiving applause. (2 SHOTS)
SV, GV INTERIOR Troops and National Guard outside Legislative building and on parade. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Troops in personnel carrier.
GV Soldiers patrolling streets.
SV Headquarters of Electoral Commission.
GV National Guardsmen shooting at rebels outside headquarters.
SV Mr. Horist Maika (phonetic), Estonian former French Foreign Legion soldier.
SCU Maika speaking.
GV Guardsmen firing into distance.
SV Government troops firing mortars on road to city of Usulutan.
GV Guerrillas digging trenches across road and moving trees to road. (2 SHOTS)
GV, SV Guerrilla poster on tree mocking elections. Blocked road. (2 SHOTS)
GV Guerrillas patrolling roadside.
GV Church in Suchitoto.
GV SV Government troops repairing wheel on truck. (2 SHOTS)
GV TRACKING SHOT Deserted streets. (3 SHOTS)
GVs Empty huts and commercial buildings. (4 SHOTS)
GV, SV Children waiting for truck to take them to Catholic mission. (4 SHOTS)
GV Street scene.
GV Troops patrolling main road in surrounding countryside. (2 SHOTS)
CU Child with soldiers helmet on.
GV Guerrillas on distant hill-top.
TRANSCRIPT: HORIST MAIKA (PHONETIC) (SEQ 10) "Amateur stuff, amateur stuff. They don't wait until they see the men (before they fire)."
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Background: In El Salvador, with the Presidential elections on Sunday (28 March), last minute campaigning has increased amid even tighter security. At the Legislative Assembly in the capital San Salvador, the existing President Jose Napoleon Duarte, also a candidate in Sunday's poll, defended the elections as the first free poll in 50 years. Opposition Socialist-Democrats and Socialists have boycotted the poll along with the leftist guerrillas who regard it as a farce. Large contingents of the Security Forces have been required to protect electoral meetings, but this has not prevented guerrilla attacks in the capital. In the latest assault, the headquarters of the Electoral Commission was the scene of all-night shooting. A former soldier of the French Legion described the war and the efficiency of the Security Forces as amateurish. Outside the capital, the prospects of the election drawing a large turn-out are reported to be slim. Large parts of the country are still contested territory. In the hills outside Suchitoto, 50 kilometres north of San Salvador, the guerrillas are making election preparations hazardous. On the eve of the election the guerrillas have broken into or have access to, three provincial capitals.