The Nation Votes; Polls now close
Saturday, July 7, 301 AP
Web posted at 1801 UST.
UTAN KRYSAROR, Utania (ZGN) -- The Utanian interim election is now over, with polls
closing on the country's 26+ million voters who went to the polls for the second time in
that add 17 new MPs to the Parliament. Polls have now closed.
The Utanian Electoral Commission (UEC) is running the second election in ten months after
Parliament decided to hold a fresh election based on revised electorates
Polling booths opened at 0900 UST this morning in Utania, and opened at 0900 local
time in Utanian embassies around the world.
Eric Barth's government won the previous election by a margin of a single MP, and
lost the popular vote. The thought of a minority government or an inconclusive result at
that time caused the UNVCOCN mission in Utania to speculate that a military coup by either
General Arjaat or then-President Hope was "likely".
Prime Minister Barth's government was made up of the Peoples, Utani Saedaj and
Republican Parties, plus the single Democratic Socialist candidate from Luka. Holding
only one MP more than the 50% margin, the government sought and gained support from the
Burovians. This year the Burovians have claimed that "all assumptions are off" and will
renegotiate their support.
Pollsters conclude that the result will, once again, be close, but believe the
swing in support to the government will be between 1% and 4%, strengthening their
position. However, the Utanian Press Agency reported earlier today that Professor Kapur
believes that the government is set to hang on by a very slim margin.
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