St.Charlian general election, 2010
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The St.Charlian General Elections of 2010 (Italian:Elezioni Generali St.Charliane del 2010) also formally known as the St.Charlian Prime Ministerial Elections of 2010 was St.Charlie's first annual prime ministerial election. It was held on Sunday, January 3, 2010. National Party candidate and incumbent Prime Minister Alexander Reinhardt defeated Socialist Movement candidate Fabiana Gallo della Loggia.
In the Electoral College, Reinhardt received 41 votes, and Gallo della Loggia 22. There was a total turnout of 66,15%. Though there was a high turnout of active citizens in New Ridgeway, more citizens were expected to vote, including Vice Secretary of the NPSC Heinrich Schneider himself, that did not register for voting.
Effects of the Branson Act 2009
As the Branson Act 2009 was passed in January, this will be the first time in history that St.Charlian citizens will be able to vote for their leader, and between different parties of different sides. In the past, the leader of the nation, which was the Secretary of the NPSC, was elected by the members of the Council of the Party and his mandate was undefined. The Vice-Secretary was nominated by the Secretary, and was substituted at the same time as him. However, this had never occured.
Voting dates and methods
On the 3rd of January the votings will officially end. However, citizens will have the right to vote in the week before the end of the elections (which means from the 28th of December 2009 to the 3rd of January 2010 included). This was done to enlarge the final turnout.
An online ballot system will be mainly used, for facilitating the counting. The link of the ballot box will be given out on the 26 December.
District and Caroline Charlotte
Citizens of the Federations of District and Caroline Charlotte will be allowed to use a ballot box instead of the online method, mainly because of the high precentage of District citizens that don't regularly use internet and the low number of Caroline Charlotte citizens.
Incumbent Prime Minister Alexander Reinhardt, currently serving his first mandate, and also eligible for re-election in 2010, has confirmed that he will run for his second mandate, together with Vice-Secretary Heinrich Schneider.
Timeline of events
Both candidates are still uncertain whether or not to broadcast live debates on the St.Charlie Broadcasting Network, since it would take too much time, and results appearing on the internet would be laggy, or incomprehensible. It was decided however, to organize a meeting during Christmas holidays, although the date still has to be decided.
An electoral agenda must be published as soon as possible. At the moment, only the NPSC was able to confirm several dates, although it is sure that the Socialist Movement will publish one shortly. Both agendas can be edited at any time.
A visit to Tor Pendente was planned for the 8th of December, but it was later cancelled due to "school reasons"
- December 6: Public address on St.Charlie 1
- December 6–18: Meeting with running mate Heinrich Schneider
- December 11: Presidential dinner. Meeting with the Opposition
- December 21–22: Arrival to District
- December 29: Meeting with Leonard Von Sternberg for discussing the De Armis Decree, meeting with President of Caroline Charlotte Heinrich Ritter
Fairness Doctrine or par condicio
Days before the start of the campaign, doubts about a fairness doctrine during the elections by the St.Charlian network SCBN and newspaper The St.Charlian Observer were discussed. It was of main concern the fact that the current Prime Minister is able to broadcast speeches on the television whenever he desires to do so. On the other hand, Magnus de Armis, popular journalist on the Observer could use his power to make the newspaper adopt a pro-SCSM policy.
Following this, a list of limitations were given by the Government:
- Candidates have the right of a maximum of 2 speeches on television
- A page on the Observer can be dedicated to their program, but the other candidate must have one too
- Debates are more than encouraged, provided that the same amount of time for speaking is given
- The only place in which political parties have the right to say whatever they want, is on their dedicated section on the forum.
|Name||Party||Number of Votes||Percentage of votes|
|Fabiana Gallo della Loggia||SCSM||22||34.9%|
|Fabiana Gallo della Loggia||SCSM||10||36%|
|In Caroline Charlotte|
|Fabiana Gallo della Loggia||SCSM||6||85.8%|
|In New Ridgeway|
|Fabiana Gallo della Loggia||SCSM||5||25%|
|In Tor Pendente|
|Fabiana Gallo della Loggia||SCSM||1||12.5%|