WHESTCOREA (DM) – The Mememaster-General of the Federal Republic of Whestcorea, Horatio Eden, won re-election to a fourth term in office earlier today.
Eden, who has served as the executive head of the Whestcorean Government since the country’s inception in September of last year, won narrowly overall against his closest rival, House Party candidate Samuel Jackson.
Following the national election, there was speculation that Eden might finally be dethroned after a strong showing from the House Party challenger put the proceedings on a knife-edge; only one vote put Eden ahead.
However, after a far more decisive showing in the international election, Eden put another three votes distance between himself and Jackson, winning 80% of the votes in an election with a turnout of 80%.
Whestcorean government sources confirm that Eden will be sworn in tomorrow. Whether Samuel Jackson will appear in any future cabinet is, as yet, unclear.
How is the Mememaster-General elected?
The election for a Mememaster-General occurs over two separate elections; one national and one international.
Since Whestcorean citizenship is separated by geographical location, those living outside of Whestcorean jurisdiction are legally considered “Whestcorean internationals” – thus unable to run for public office within Congress, the body of government representing national citizens of the country, or more specifically those that live within the borders of the country.
However, this does not debar them from voting in elections for the leader of Congress, who’s actions will affect them directly due to the nature of Congress-Senate relations (the Senate being the body of government representing international citizens). As such, since the Whestcorean Electoral Commission cannot administrate to both national and international citizens on the same polling day, the election takes place in two rounds: one national and one international.
A strong showing in the national election can give the election to a candidate on its own given the difference in numbers of national and international citizens; however, that is not what has happened in this case. Instead, since the majority held by Eden after the voting closed was so fragile, the international election could have put victory into the hand of his second-place opponent Samuel Jackson.
Fortunately for the Eden campaign, his frequent contact with the Senatorial officials in Whestcorea meant he was unlikely to lose an open election internationally.