ABELDEN (DM) – The Abeldane Empire’s most recent federal election fell into turmoil today as the Reichswahlkommission, the Empire’s electoral commission, and the office of the Emperor moved to nullify the results of the executive portion of the election.
Abeldane Social Ecology’s Newton von Uberquie, who had been made Vorsitzender-elect following the election’s conclusion at 00:00AM London time today, found the result that had put him into power revoked as the Reichswahlkommission published its findings that eight people’s votes had been counted illegally.
Reichswahlkomm head, Tarik Karjasary, announced that the government was to re-run the election, and that it would take place between the 19th and 20th of December, 2017.
What does this mean for the election result? Analysis by Horatio Eden, political editor for the Daily Micronational and Abeldane correspondent
What does this mean? It could mean one of many things: that the sudden shift in the ASE’s executive election fortunes in defiance of almost all of the polls over the last month or so was all smoke and mirrors, fueled by illegal activity.
It could mean that the National Federalist Party, which hawked about its sudden electoral success, was actually nowhere near as popular as its poll results make out.
It could mean that the United Rhinoceros Party, which had held a steady lead in the polls up until the election, was actually not as successful as advertised, and that the lead had by its opponents, von Uberquie and Whyatt, was actually much wider.
Or it could mean nothing at all, and the re-election tomorrow and the day after will return the same result that we saw today, electoral fraud notwithstanding.
This is, however, the first time election fraud has been reported on this wide a scale in the Abeldane Empire. It’s certainly the first time an election has had to be re-run. This could prove to be a grim omen for the administration to come, which will have a lot on its plate going into office in a few days time: dealing with constitutional reform, investigating an electoral fraudster, and trying to unify an increasingly partisan country.
Is Newton von Uberquie, who will likely be returned as Vorsitzender again tomorrow, the man for the task?
In a statement, the Reichswahlkommission announced the results of their investigation into the unusual voter activity that had sparked their concern. “After investigating the alleged irregularities in the executive election held in 16 and 17 December 2017, the Reichswahlkommission has determined a breach in the fair process of the election has indeed taken place, and thus the results have been compromised.” They declared that a total of “eight votes, comprising 17.02% of the votes cast in the election, have been found to be false. These votes were cast using electoral numbers of individuals who have now stated they never voted in the election, a claim which has been found to be true by the Reichswahlkommision.
The Reichswahlkommission believes it is in democracy’s best interest to annul the executive election’s results.”
The agency maintained that the decision was not made “out of partisan thought or ill-desire against the victors of the 16-17 election, but rather out of conviction that respect for the established electoral law is the bedrock of Abeldane democracy.”
Outgoing Vorsitzender Artemis Langford, who served as Newton von Uberquie’s Stellvertreter before taking office upon his resignation earlier this year, and who also serves as Director of the Abeldane Intelligence Agency, promised an “independent investigation” that would “determine the cause and culprits” of the election fraud. URP lame-duck Opposition Leader Horatio Eden called on the government to appoint an independent counsel to investigate.