UPA (Utanian Press Agency)
Release: October 2, 300 AP.
Election Update: Utani B'yan state
Seven million votes of ten million possible counted, or 75.8%, and there is still
thirteen seats with uncertain results hanging over them. They are in Kanhara, Agraam, Koltij,
Mulgrave and Shecker, and could be the deciders in this election.
In the Dalesforth electorate the Democrats have somewhat assured their victory over
the fifth-placed Burovians, winning 59,316 votes over the Burovian's 55,378 votes. With only
207th voters uncounted, the likelihood of the Burovians catching up is slim, but still
possible. Dalesforth is a rural electorate with a high number of non-Utani voters. They have
elected MP's from the Peoples Party, Liberal Nationalists and Conservatives.
Just south of Dalesforth, the electorate of Mulgrave has elected the same parties, plus
one from the Utani-Sædaj Party, and one further uncertain seat. Another rural and very
conservative five-seat electorate, Mulgrave's 813,124 voters have voted as follows: LNP
107,409; Conservatives 86,237; Peoples Party 81,229; USP 67,267; Democrats 57,789; and
Burovians 52,580. The Burovians, once again, appear certain to miss out on a seat in Mulgrave
also, having five thousand fewer votes than the Democrats. There remains 226,168 uncounted
voters in the electorate.
Kanhara remains a tight race for the third seat in Parliament from that electorate.
The USP have 154,757 votes and the Peoples and Progressive Parties have 74,283 and 73,765
votes respectively. (The next place party is the Nationalists with 48,096 votes.) The race is
between the two latter parties with only a few hundred votes between them. Up to 128 thousand
votes remain uncounted, so at this stage, it is a clearly undecided seat, with even the second
USP seat a possible gain by one of the two parties.
However, it is the eastern city of Shecker that remains the country's most undecided
or closely run electorate. An industrial city of some 1.5 million residents, the voting for
the Peoples and Liberal Nationalists guarantees both a seat: 123,130 and 81,595 respectively.
It is the other five parties fighting over third, fourth and fifth places while remaining
ahead of 50% of the Peoples party's 123 thousand votes, that are the real contest: the USP
are on 64,009 votes, Republicans 62,731, while the Democrats on 58,679 votes, Conservatives
at 57,459 and Burovians are on 54,990 votes. Between these five parties is only nine thousand
votes the difference, making it anyone's game when 287,803 enrolled voters' votes have not
been found or counted.
The state hands 17 MP's to the PPP, 11 to the USP, 7 to the Democrats, 6 to the
Conservatives, and 4 each to the Liberal Nationalists and Progressive Party. Nationally, the
tally is as follows:
Peoples Party on 39 seats, USP on 23, Republicans on 3 and Democratic Socialists with one,
giving the possible coalition 66 seats, five less than required to form government.
The Conservatives have 22 seats, Democrats with 12, Liberal Nationalists 11, Progressive
7, Cruistian-Democrats 5 and Burovians have 2, giving a possible coalition total of 59,
twelve short of the absolute majority required to govern.
The refuse-to-be-aligned Yannists hold two seats in Parliament.
With thirteen seats remaining in the doubtful or unknown category, the election remains
anyone's win, however, it is looking more like a weak leftist coalition than a weak
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