Essay: Battle of Ballots

Another kind of battle is beginning in South Viet Nam. It is not a battle of bullets but of ballots. Next Sept. 3, the country's 5.2 million eligible voters will be able to select their first President since Ngo Dinh Diem, who was assassinated in 1963. In a fractious, war-racked country, a weak victor could prove disastrous. A sensible leader, by establishing a popularly based government, could do much to assure stability, security and a democratic destiny for South Viet Nam.

The election campaign does not officially begin until July 19, but for all practical purposes it swung into full speed last...

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