Sunday, November 01, 2009

Campaigning Begins

01/11/09--FIRST CITY--Campaigning opened today in Kemetia for this year's Prime Ministerial elections which, despite the suspension of the constitution, will go ahead based on commonly established practices from the time of the Great Secession. Campaigning is set to run from November 1st to November 25th, with the election commencing on December 1st, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm GMT.

So far, only one party has declared its candidate for the election, the Liberal Party of Prime Minister and Regent Jolyon Lloyd-Davies. While the campaigning process is still in the early stages, His Sovereign Majesty has expressed hopes that other parties would emerge to compete for the top position, the lack of which the King puts down to disenchantment due to the enormous sway the current Prime Minister has always held over the political system. 'People should not be afraid to run due to a perception of impossibility. Kemetia has always striven to operate by democratic principles, and this election is no exception,' said the King in a teleconference this evening.

However, many outspoken critics have voiced their concerns that the election would be marred by fraud and unconstitutionality, due the the constitutional suspension of the preceding months. His Sovereign Majesty has been heavily criticised in the past for being unpredictable with regard to election laws, with up to five differing pieces of electoral legislation being in effect at once, leading to confusion and accusations of deceit. His Sovereign Majesty has always disregarded these critics and urged them to produce 'solid, unconditional proof' when questioned on the subject in September.

In response to this, Lloyd-Davies has made one of his primary platforms electoral reform, and vows to introduce an 'electoral college' which would fairly represent all the provinces and peoples of the Kingdom, and allow for a simple and effective electoral system.

In order to register a party and candidate, prospectives are required to submit their party name, candidate for the Prime Ministry and a brief policy statement outlining their platform and goals to

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