Imperator Azenquor Posted October 15, 2012 Report Share Posted October 15, 2012 [b][u]VNN News: Vaule holds local government elections[/u][/b] [i]“For several previous decades, elections to local city councils and provincial administrations took place on an irregular basis with different provinces electing their local officials at different times. Additionally, the Mayors of towns and cities and the Governors of the various provinces were previously appointed by the Prime Minister. Additionally, an age old law placed severe restrictions on national level political parties running or financing municipal candidates. As a result, there has never been significant attention paid to local or municipal elections in the country until now. In an attempt to standardize the municipal elections process, and to increase the number of competitive local election races the Parliament approved the Municipal Elections Act (2009) which entered into force this year. Under the new act, all municipal and local elections will take place every three (3) years and all municipal positions, including mayoral candidates, will be directly elected by the populace. The Municipal Elections Act has also lifted the restrictions on political parties being able to field candidates, however campaign finance restrictions remain in place. Under the finance restrictions, candidates may only be given a maximum of B$3,500 by their political parties. In this election cycle, candidates from four main political groups are vying for office across the country. In total, there are 5,800 seats in 151 city and municipal councils and 150 mayoral or gubernatorial posts. The City of Zhukovgrad is an unusual case as it is the only city in the nation that does not have a mayor. The city is instead run by the City Council with a rotating Chairmanship. In other news, the Vaulian Blue Guard, the newly formed right-wing student organization and the S.V.A.R.Y. organization have both staged a surprise foray into politics by entering candidates in the municipal elections. These candidates will take on two established political parties: the Party for Social Justice (PSJ) and the Union of Patriotic Right Forces (PRF). Voting is expected to begin tomorrow morning, and the initial results should be announced by 8:00pm tomorrow evening.”[/i] Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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