UPA (Utanian Press Agency)
Release: July 29, 300 AP.
Parties finalised in Election 300
The Utanian Electoral Commission has finalised the list of parties that will be
contesting the 300 election after the deadline expired yesterday afternoon. A mock ballot
paper has been provided below.
However the key item of information that the Utanian Electoral Commission requires
before the election can be held is When?. The Prime Minister has not yet
announced a date, and only has until Tuesday (Aug 1st) to do so. This leaves the UEC a mere
four weeks to print ballot papers and prepare for the country's first ever election, too
short a time frame most MP's agree.
So, is this why the Prime Minister has been visiting the office of the UNVCOCN
administration so often recently? Speculation is rife that the Prime Minister and President
will seek an extension of the election deadline agreed earlier this year with UNVCOCN. While
no Presidential or Government spokespeople are prepared to admit this, neither have they
flatly denied such a suggestion.
A postponement by two weeks would have little effect on the election, technically,
though it would allow the UEC to fulfill its commitment to a "fair" election at a
significantly reduced cost - having to use commercial helicopters to ferry election materials
to the remote mountain communities is being considered under the "four weeks remaining" plan.
However, opposition parties, though conceding that the UEC has too little time, are also
grumbling about the President capitalising on his party's significant improvement in the
polls over the past four weeks.
Free Green Collective canditate and leader, Dawn K'njosa, is more vocal
claiming it is merely a clever plan to prolong the election to maximise the chances of a
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