February 2022 Pontunian general election
All 7 Seats of the Royal Assembly
4 seats needed for a majority
Royal Assembly after election
The Febuary 2022 Pontunian general election is the second free election in Pontunia, to be held on Monday, 28 February 2021, on Lundi Gras. This is the first free election after the abolishment of officially designated Political parties. Activity, the status of Catholicism, and civil rights are the main talking points.
After months of parliamentary turmoil, the activity of the Pontunian government died down significantly, with most MPs not voting on policy, leading to the King, an executive Monarch, creating and passing most legislation. In addition, the departure of Ludwig Brenovic and some of his allies has left a mild power gap. It is expected due to low turnout the the King will have to appoint MPs. Also, the collapse of the last partisan institutions in the Royal Assembly has lead to a majority-independent assembly.
Status of Religion and Civil Rights
Pontunia, despite having a majority Catholic population, has had calls for seculariztion. The official state religion of Pontunia is Catholicism, though the constitution of Pontunia grants individuals freedom of religion, including the freedom to practice and the freedom to change religion. In addition to this, to represent all religions, the King appoints a Holy Leader. The Holy Leader has a 6-month term, and is forbidden from secular offices within Pontunia. Nevertheless, some members of the Royal Assembly have called for certain policies, including LGBT rights, secularization, and, in some cases, abolition of the current Estates of the realm.