INTRODUCTION: President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines has been re-elected with an overwhelming majority.
GV & SV Signs "please get out and vote. (2 SHOTS)
SV & CU Marcos election poster. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV People rallying with man addressing crowd in english and crowd applauding. (3 SHOTS)
SV & CU Demonstrators and slogans "boycott" and "restore all democratic rights" and "dismantle all U.S. military bases" and "restore the right to strike". (3 SHOTS)
INTERIOR LV & CU President Marcos at election rally, speaking. (3 SHOTS)
SV & CU Mdme Marcos voting and placing ballot in box. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV EXTERIOR People walking to rural police station to register votes. (3 SHOTS)
SV Rural community centre.
SV & CU INTERIOR Voters queueing at official table and having thumb prints taken. (2 SHOTS)
SV & CU People recording their votes.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
MARCOS: (SEQ 5): "Reflect deeply and carefully on the issues of this election and only then choose the course you wish the nation to take. There is only one interest to be born in mind in this political exercise, the interests and the future of the nation."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines has been re-elected with an overwhelming majority. In the first Presidential election in the country since 1969, the President was returned to power for a further six years, but already his opponents are claiming the poll was rigged and was a colossal farce.
SYNOPSIS: The poll was held on Tuesday (16 June) and preliminary totals show at least 80 per cent of the electorate voted. President Marcos will be inaugurated at the end of this month (June).
A coalition of the pre-martial law leaders campaigned for a boycott of the election. They claimed the President's control over politics and the government for 16 years, and his influence over the media of the Philippines gave the opposition no chance of an effective campaign. At polling stations in Manila it was clear attempts to persuade the voters to stay away had failed. The threat of jail terms for non-voters and the promise of an amnesty for those who didn't vote in last April's plebiscite, encouraged a good return. President Marcos cast his vote in his home town of Batac. Afterwards he made these brief comments on the election
Mrs Marcos also campaigned throughout the election, urging voters to ignore the call for a boycott of the poll. She joined her husband in voting at the Batac polling centre.
President Marcos came to power in 1965, and four years later was re-elected for a second and constitutionally last term. In 1972 he cleared martial law, and retained power without elections until he lifted martial law, last January. In April's plebiscite, he gained approval for a six-year term without limitations, and called this election.
Although results will not be declared until Saturday (20 June), the President has spoken of appointing Cesar Virata as his first Prime Minister.