President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam was re-elected for a second term today (Monday) with 91.51 percent of votes cast going in his favour.
GV SAIGON CITY HALL
MV CITY HALL - POLICE IN FG
GV STREET CORNER - LARGE MODERN BUILDING BG
GV POLICE AND JEEP OUTSIDE BUILDING
GV POLICEMEN AND MILITARY PERSONNEL STAND ON STREET
GV TWO SOLDIERS ON STREET CORNER
MLV POLICE AT GATES - VOTERS ENTER
MLV PEOPLE DOWN STREET AND PAST INTO POLLING STATION
SCU NUNS TOWARDS
SCU WOMAN CHECKS VOTING CARDS
SCU VOTING PAPERS
MV MAN TAKES PAPER AND WALKS AWAY
GV SOLDIERS PUT BALLOTS IN BOXES
GV NGUYEN VAN THIEU AND WIFE ARRIVE COLLECT VOTING PAPERS
MV NGUYEN VAN THIEU INTO BOOTH
SCU NGUYEN VAN THIEU AND WIFE TOWARDS PUT BALLOT IN BOXES
SCU NGUYEN VAN THIEU SPEAKS
GV NGUYEN VAN THIEU AND WIFE TOWARDS THROUGH CROWDS - SHAKE HANDS
GV PEOPLE GO THROUGH GATES TO VOTE AT HAMLET NEAR SAIGON
MV SOLDIERS SIT AND SMOKE
MV MAN THROUGH DOOR WITH BALLOT PAPER
MV GIRLS SIT AT TABLE - STAMPING CARDS
SCU OLD PEASANTS (MEN)
MV MAN PUTS BALLOT IN BOX -PAN TO WOMAN DOING SAME
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 17: Q(OVER): "WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE DO YOU THINK YOU WILL GET?"
THIEU: "I DON'T KNOW YET, WAIT A LITTLE BIT, TONIGHT OR TWO MORE DAYS BECAUSE I HAVE SAID VERY CLEARLY THE NON CONFIDENCE VOTE OF 50% I WILL WITHDRAW; THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE CONFIDENCE VOTE OF 50%, THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT I WILL IMMEDIATELY ACCEPT ANOTHER FULL TERM (?); I WILL CONSIDER ALL FACTORS AFTER I HAVE THE FINAL CONCLUSION. BUT THE MAIN FACT THAT I STAY FOUR MORE YEARS OR NOT IS LESS IMPORTANT THAN I MAKE PEACE IN MY TERM."
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Background: President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam was re-elected for a second term today (Monday) with 91.51 percent of votes cast going in his favour. The vote of confidence came from an estimated 80 percent of South Vietnam's seven-million voters in the presidential election yesterday -- a day of violence.
Saigon was quiet in the early morning as sirens wailed to call voters to the polls. Heavy security was evident around most polling centers, particularly at the City Hall where President Thieu later voted.
But North Vietnamese rocket and artillery attacks and civilian demonstrations against the one-man election resulted in 19 people being killed and 51 injured, many in the northern cities of Hue and Da Nang.
Military officials said the rocket attacks were a Communist show of strength and apparently aimed at discrediting President Thieu's claims of security throughout the nation.
The final tally showed that less than 10 percent of voters invalidated their ballots, indicating their opposition to President Thieu's re-election. The South Vietnamese president said he would resign if more than half the ballots cast were invalid.
The President and Mrs Thieu cast their votes at the City Hall in Saigon, watched by a large crowd and dozens of photographers. The President appeared confident of victory as he smiled and chatted with newsmen at the polling station.
Among those who did not vote yesterday apparently were Vice-President Nguyen Cao Ky and the former head of state, General Duong Van "Big" Minh, who both withdrew from the election in August leaving President Thieu as the sole candidate. Both men charged that President Thieu had rigged the contest so that he would win.
At smaller country centers, where voter turn-out was higher than in the cities, women entering in wide conical hats were asked to remove them as heavy police guards made extra security checks.