Presidential election results overseas Handy for travelers

September 06, 1992|By New York Times News Service

Travelers overseas on Nov. 3 and 4 will be able to keep abreast of the presidential election results at get-togethers around TV sets. American communities in cities like London and Paris, for example, usually organize such events, although some are private. Now Hong Kong has taken up the election theme.

Several American groups in the colony, including the League of Women Voters, the American Chamber of Commerce and the American University Club, are presenting a gala called Election Central '92 Hong Kong in the Marriott Hotel ballroom from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 4, the day after the election. In the United States at that time it will be the evening of Nov. 3, election day. (Hong Kong will be 13 hours ahead of EST.)

Admission will be free, and the gala will be open to everyone, says the Hong Kong Tourist Association. Giant tally boards will display results via an Associated Press ticker tape machine and television coverage by satellite from the United States. The result of the vote will be announced by the United States Consul General in Hong Kong, Richard Williams. Breakfast snacks will be served, followed by a $22 buffet lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets for lunch are available in Hong Kong from the American Chamber of Commerce, telephone 526 0165.

In London the English Speaking Union will hold a party on Nov. 3 at its headquarters, 37 Charles St.

There will be giant screens showing live coverage of the election via satellite, American food and wine and a jazz band. Tickets are about $40 or $30 for students and ESU members under 30. Tickets, with food and wine, can be obtained from Clare Farrow, English Speaking Union, 37 Charles St., London W1X 8AB.

In Rome, an official at the U.S. Embassy said no decision about organizing a gala had been made, although one was held in 1988. The American Chamber of Commerce in Milan is arranging election festivities in conjunction with the United States Information Service on Nov. 3. The free event will be at the USIS office at 11A Via Bigli, 20121 Milan, starting about 9 p.m. It will be open to all, and the chamber will provide food and drinks.

Americans in other overseas cities should call the local American Chamber of Commerce for information.

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