Egyptians flocked to the polls in their millions on Wednesday (October 27) in parliamentary elections.?
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GV EXT Polling station in Sadat's village & Sadat & others arriving at polling station (2 shots)
SV Pressmen around Sadat and Sadat placing vote into box (2 shots)
SV Other people voting (2 shots)
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Background: Egyptians flocked to the polls in their millions on Wednesday (October 27) in parliamentary elections. Among the voters was President Sadat, casting his vote in his home village some 62 miles (100 kilometres) north of Cairo. He had dissolved the last Parliament and ordered new elections in a series of reform laws following the discovery of a plot against the Government last May.
SYNOPSIS: Cairo, Wednesday....and the Egyptian Parliamentary elections. They were ordered by President Sadat, who dissolved the last Parliament in a series of reform laws after the discovery last May of a plot to overthrow the Government. So while plot leaders languished in jail and subversion trials continued, thousand of schools throughout Egypt were turned into polling stations for the country's eight million voters to cast their ballots.
Among the voters was President Anwar Sadat, casting his ballot in his home village some 62 miles north of Cairo. Among the other reforms he ordered was the formation of 25 "People's Councils" to take control of the country's legislative machinery. Previously, legislation was centralized in Cairo--and the new measure, he said, wold defeat attempts for any single group to take control of the country. The move, said news reports, was aimed at curbing the power of the Arab Socialist Union--Egypt's ruling political party.
The voters were electing three-hundred-and-thirty-eight representatives. Twelve had already ben chosen for the military zones along the Suez Canal, and ten were to be chosen personally by President Sadat--who left for Libya after casting his vote for a meeting with Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. They talked about developments in the Middle East crisis.