Utanians go to the polls; Polls now close
Saturday, February 15, 302 AP
Web posted at 1803 UST.
An estimated 27 million Utanians have been to polling booths across the nation today, as the country votes in the first Presidential run-off election in Utanian history.
The Utanian Presidential election is now over, with polls closing on the country's estimated 27 million voters who went to the polls for the second time in just over a month, this time to choose between the President and his challenger, Governor Hope.
Polling booths opened at 0900 UST this morning in Utania, and opened at 0900 local time in Utanian embassies around the world.
Counting of votes will now begin, and while all are expecting a close election, the Utanian Electoral Commission believes it has the necessary resources in place to ensure that a result will be known by this evening.
President Okarvits and his campaign have taken over the ballroom in the Luxor Hotel in the country's capital, Utan Krysaror, while Governor Hope is based in the Hotel Pearl in Shecker.
The Governor's decision to base himself in Shecker has raised some eyebrows, particularly from supporters in his own state who expect him to be available there.
However, the Governor issued a message to those supporters telling them that from now on, if he won the election, he would be the President of the entire nation, not just the Governor of their state. Therefore he had to be more "centrally located".
"If the Governor does win the election," notes a Hope campaign insider, "How do you think millions of Utani will react when they see him celebrating in Luka, the city they fear will dominate his Presidency?"
Both satellite TV station, Zeitgeist News, and national broadcaster TV1 will be broadcasting live from the UEC's national vote tallying room in Utan Krysaror. Channel Two will be regularly reporting highlights from Zeitgeist News, as will the third national broadcaster, Amara-Nij Utani.
First results should be known by 8pm.
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