In Albania large crowds turned out for election festivities on Sunday (20 April) during the countries municipal elections for regional and local councils and courts.
GV EXTERIOR: Crowds and traditional dancing in front of large building decorated with red flags and large portrait of Democratic Front of Albania party leader Enver Hosha. (2 shots)
CU: Laughing child and crowd watch dancing (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR: People queue to vote and place papers in ballot box (3 shots)
SV: People vote, some of them in traditional costume. (5 shots)
SV PAN EXTERIOR: Crowd applauding
SV: Party leader Enver Hoxha walking past applauding crowd (4 shots)
SV: Troupe of traditional dancers
SV INTERIOR: Enver Hoxha places his vote in ballot box
SV EXTERIOR: Traditional dancers.
SV: Enver Hoxha walks through crowd.
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Background: In Albania large crowds turned out for election festivities on Sunday (20 April) during the countries municipal elections for regional and local councils and courts. The Albanian news agency AIA reported a one hundred percent turnout at the polls with fifty two negative votes being cast. Voters were choosing candidates from the one, and only, party the Democratic Front of Albania.
SYNOPSIS: Election day in Albania was a time for festivities and dancing. On Sunday (20 April) the cities and villages were decked with national and red flags and streamers. Slogans hailed `the great victories attained during the years of people's power. Socialist Albania stands with Yugoslavia as one of the eastern European communist states not aligned with either Russia or China. Its communist leader, Enver Hoxha, announced earlier this year (1980) that Albania would fight alongside Yugoslavia.
On Sunday voting was restricted to those eighteen years and older. Voters headed for the polls to choose candidates for the one and only party, the Democratic Front of Albania. Many wore the traditional Albanian costume and there was festive atmosphere at the polling centres.
Party Secretary Enver Hoxha was warmly welcomed when be arrived in the capital, Tirana, to cast his vote. Hundreds of people gathered to greet him with songs, cheers and dancing. He has been under heavy pressure in recent months to allow Soviet forces to be stationed in Albania, giving Russia access to warm water Mediterrean ports. Albania has survived economically since the breach largely because it produces more than one million tons of oil annually.
When Enver Hoxha took his election slip he called to the crowd "Long live the people. Long live the party".