PROGRESS OF FREE ELECTIONS IN STRATEGIC HAMLETS

Created: 11/26/1962

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MOST SIGNIFICANT LONG TERM ASPECT OF THE STRATEGIC HAMLET PROGRAM MAY WELL BE THE CONCEPT OF FREE ELECTIONS AT THE HAMLET LEVEL, AND THE EVOLUTION OF THE ELECTED ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEES AND ADVISORY COUNCILS INTO THE FIRST ORGAN!ZEO ADMINISTRATIVE ENTITIES BELOW THE VILLAGE LEVEL. THE PROGRAM IN EACH AREA WILL BE ADVANCED OR RETARDED ACCOROING TO THE ABILITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL CIVIC ACTION PERSONNEL SENT INTO THE HAMLETS TO ORGANIZE INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING ELECTIONS. MUCH ALSO WILL DEPEND ON THE ABILITY OF THE PROVINCE AND DISTRICT CHIEFS TO AOAPT THEIR THINKING TO THE NEW CONCEPTS. THUS, WITH

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DEARTH OF HIGHLY CAPABLE ADMINISTRATORS FREE FROM TRADITIONAL AUTOCRATIC PROCEDURES, THE PROBLEM WILL BE ONE OF TRAINING AND INDOCTRINATION.

NOT YET SURE WHETHER THE STRATEGIC HAMLET TRAINING SCHOOL AT THI NGHE WAS GETTING ACROSS TO THE STUDENT ADMINISTRATORS THE FULL SCOPE AND INTENT OF THE PROGRAM.

FOR IMPLEMENTING THE ELECTORAL PROCESSLY ADMITTED THAT RESULTS HAVE BEEN SOME AREAS ELECTIONS HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE DESIREDFREEDOM, WHEREAS IN OTHER AREAS ADMINISTRATORS HAVEIN EXERTING CONTROL EVEN AFTER COMPLETION OF

THE SECURITY SCREENING PROCESS. WHILE THEIR INSTRUCTIONSLEAR CHOICE BY SECRET BALLOT BETWEEN INDIVIDUAL CANDIDATES ON AT LEAST TWO SLATES, THEIR ARBITRARY ACTIONS HAVE IN SOME INSTANCES VITIATED THE SPIRIT OF EDUCATING THE PEOPLE ON THE PRIVILEGES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF FREE ELECTIONS.

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ANO NOT MORE, OF THE0 STRATEGIC AMLETS THAT MAY ACTUALLY BE CONSIDERED AS COMPLETED,HERE PERIHETER DEFENSES HAVE BEEN CONSTRUCTED ANO WHERE BASIC ORGANIZATIONAL TASKS HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED.

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