UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC: 5% Installment on Democracy

The candidates—some 100,000 of them —campaigned right through election day. Ministers and imams, grocers and streetcar conductors, they handshook their way right up to the polling boxes, passed out slips of colored paper with their names printed in helpfully large letters. The most conscientious elector (compelled to vote, or pay a $3 fine), retiring to his polling booth with a list of candidates six pages long, had a tough time finding as many as 30 names that he could recognize and mark. It took President Nasser himself four minutes to vote, though the day before he had gone over a...

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