GUM Elections: District and Royal Beresford ask for referendum
Barbara Ruvolo, President of District, along with Annabelle Pincer, Governor of Royal Beresford, have this morning demanded a one-week national referendum questioning St.Charlie’s membership of the Grand Unified Micronational, in response to the “unacceptable and illegitimate GUM election process”.
The President and the Governor have in particular protested against the “failure to give notice of the second ballot”, the “inexplicable decision” to annul previous votes, the “extremely short length of the second ballot” and the presence of various unconfirmed private ballots. Governor Pincer expressed her disbelief by commenting: “It’s absolutely unacceptable that in a serious election of a widely recognized and esteemed intermicronational institution it is possible to cast votes while hiding behind a shroud of anonymity. Furthermore, it is also unacceptable that the St.Charlian Prime Minister or any other member of the Government was not informed of the second ballot in any way, effectively impeding St.Charlie to take part in the election. It is simply unacceptable.”
The St.Charlian Parliament and Government have given authorization for the referendum to take place. The action was also supported by Prime Minister Reinhardt, Home Affairs Minister Schneider and President of the General Assembly De Armis who are currently attending the Expo 2010 in District. Voting will commence tomorrow and will end on August 3rd; final results will have to be validated by the St.Charlian Supreme Court.