Abeldane federal election, April 2018
16 of 18 seats in the Reichsversammlung
10 seats needed for a majority
|Turnout||96% (▲ 16.7%)|
The Abeldane federal election, April 2018 will take place between 6 and 10 April 2018. It will be the 15th general election since the founding of the Empire, and the third legislative election since they were reintroduced in 2017.
The previous election, in December 2017, saw the election of Shiro Mephistopheles of the United Rhinoceros Party as Vorsitzender, and the installment of many URP members in the Cabinet. However, the Reichsversammlung was split approximately evenly between the four existent parties.
On 2 April 2018, Horatio Eden, leader of the United Rhinoceros Party, announced the formation of the Abeldane Liberal National Alliance and Pragmatic Front, a merger of the United Rhinoceros Party, Abeldane Liberal Alliance, and National Independence Party. This merger created a large centrist coalition with eight seats in the Reichsversammlung.
Campaign and Candidates
Liberal National Alliance
The campaign for the Abeldane Liberal National Alliance began on 2 April 2018, when the party published a brief statement announcing the formation of the party and the main goals of the party. At the same time, it was announced that Horatio Eden would be the party's candidate for Vorsitzender, and Hugh McFarlane for Stellvertreter. The following day, the party published its list of candidates for the Reichsversammlung. On April 5, shortly before legislative elections began, the ALNA published its first manifesto, outlining its main policy goals.
Alejandro Whyatt of the National Federalist Party announced his intention to run for Vorsitzender a second time on April 2, 2018. The same day, an interview with him was published in Al Occitania, in which he outlined several of his main goals. On April 5, less than three hours before the legislative election began, the National Federalist Party published a concise manifesto in the form of a poster.
Legislative elections were held on 6 April 2018 and allowed 16 seats of the Reichsversammlung to be elected using closed party-list proportional system with a nationwide list. The Reichsversammlung (Composition) Act 2018 amended the seats of the Reichsversammlung and returned back the appointed seat reserved by appointment of the Monarch and another appointed seat solely for the Ervecysarich. As of now, the appointed seat remains vacant until an appointment is made by the Emperor.
Michael Thomas Brazeau, an NFP candidate for the Reichsversammlung, refused to acknowledge the election results and concede defeat. The Reichswahlkommission, the Abeldane electoral commission, has yet to comment on either Brazeau's decision or any implicit recount request.
|Abeldane Liberal National Alliance and Pragmatic Front||23||47.92||+36.70||8||▼3|
|National Federalist Party||16||33.33||+17.50||5||▲3|
|Abeldane Social Ecology – The Green Labour Party||9||18.75||-6.30||3||▼2|
|Source: [Reichswahlkommission Official Report]|
Voting for Vorsitzender was open on 6 and 7 April, and saw 96% turnout. The election was held using instant runoff voting. Initially, results were released that showed Eden and Whyatt tied after the second preferences of Langford's voters were tallied. However, due to an error in the counting method, these results were quickly redacted by the Reichswahlkomm. The final results were released about an hour later, which returned a victory for Whyatt.
|1st pref||2nd count|
|National Federalist||Alejandro Whyatt||19||39.58||25||52.08|
|Liberal National Alliance||Horatio Eden||20||41.67||23||47.92|
|Social Ecology||Artemis Langford||9||18.75||N/A|
The Stellvertreter election was held concurrently with the election for Vorsitzender, and the same method was used. The results for the Stellvertreter also showed a tie between the two candidates; however, unlike the Vorsitzender results, they were not redacted. As in the April 2017 election, the tie is expected to be broken by a vote of the Reichsversammlung
- Decision-making in the ASE is based on direct democracy; Artemis Langford holds the position of Representative within the party.
- The percentage points shown are the combined percentage the predecessors of the parties managed to garner on the previous election.