Imperator Azenquor Posted April 14, 2010 Report Share Posted April 14, 2010 [u][b]BCNA: Vauleyo-Buryatia Elections[/b][/u] [i] “Throughout the nation, voting has begun in the Presidential and Parliamentary elections. Candidates from the major political parties have completed last minute campaign stops ahead of the opening of the polls. Presidential candidate [b]Dmitri Andropov (SDP)[/b] and his main rival [b]Dr. N. Rokossovska (VDP)[/b] held campaign rallies in Sygh-Varthys as they urged their supporters to vote. Polling stations across the country opened at 7:10am, and the [b]Vauleyo-Buryatian Electoral Commission (VEC)[/b] reported that the voting process was moving [b]‘smoothly’[/b] across the country despite a few [b]‘minor incidents in East Ingushetia’[/b]. According to the VEC, voting is expected to continue until 7:00pm, and the final results are scheduled to be released at 8:30pm. The final public opinion polls released ahead of the election suggest that the Presidential race is almost a dead heat between Mr. Andropov and Dr. Rokossovska, while the [b]Social Democratic Party (SDP)[/b] is set to retain their majority in the Great People’s Khural. The [b]Vauleyo-Buryatian Democratic Party (VDP)[/b] looks set to become the largest single opposition party as it seeks to eat away at the SDP’s super majority in Parliament. In the [b]East Ingushetia Autonomous Region (EIAR)[/b] several politicians have called upon citizens to [b]‘stay away from the polls’[/b] to send a message to the Central government that the people of East Ingushetia do not [b]‘recognize the forced occupation of East Ingushetia by Vauleyo-Buryatia’[/b]. These politicians, thought to be linked to the political wing of the [b]Liberation Army of East Siberia (LAES)[/b], have urged supporters to attend street protests throughout East Ingushetia to [b]‘denounce the elections, and to denounce the destruction of East Ingushetia’s culture at the hands of the Vauleyo-Buryatians’[/b]. The government has dismissed the allegations as [b]‘idiotic and downright dangerous’[/b] and has reiterated the position that voting is not mandatory. The government of Vauleyo-Buryatia has urged the regional government of East Ingushetia to [b]‘respect the rights of all citizens, but to ensure that those who wish to vote are not prevented from doing so’[/b]. A proposal to ban unauthorized gatherings in East Ingushetia for the duration of the elections was rejected by the Central government, which instead urged the regional authorities to [b]‘monitor the situation and take appropriate actions’[/b]."[/i]-Reporter Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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