The World: The Making of a Loser

VIETNAMESE who trooped faithfully to the polls across South Viet Nam last week had in many cases to make choices that might have left a Univac smoking. No fewer than 1,297 candidates were vying for 159 seats in the often rambunctious Lower House of the National Assembly. In one Saigon district, for example, voters had to sift through a sheaf of 81 ballots, each printed with a candidate's photograph and symbol, and choose five to seal in a little brown envelope, which then was dropped in a ballot box. In a number of areas, moreover, voters who wanted to register antigovernment...

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