Sabioveronese general election, 2015

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Sabioveronese general election, 2015

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All 10 seats of the Parliament
6 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 100%
  First party Second party
  SVirny.jpg ABlackhorse.jpg
Leader Shounn Virny Andrew Blackhorse
Party Artists' Guild Unity Party
Leader's seat Kotavari Sejê-Kepren
Last election New legislature New legislature
Seats won 7 3
Seat change 7 3
Popular vote 24 16
Percentage 60% 40%

Prime Minister before election

Léon Galieri
Left Alliance

Prime Minister after election

Shounn Virny
Artists' Guild

Sabia and Verona held its sixth general election on 20 September 2015. A new Prime Minister was be elected as in all previous elections, with the exception the new Prime Minister was to serve for an entire year, instead of the six-month terms in practice from 2012 to 2014. Unlike in the past five elections, seats for the Courts of Sabia and Verona, the nation's previous legislature, were not be elected as the legislative body was dissolved by PM and Unity Party leader Bertrand Rivière. Instead, the ten seats for the newly formed Parliament of Sabia and Verona were elected. The election was held only in the territory of the Sabioveronese capital of Alios, which replaced Salisse as the country's administrative center in 2015 as part of the Haronos Plan.

Voters in Alios only elected representatives for the eight districts of the Metropolitan Municipality (the districts of Darmosari and Monesari elected two representatives each), for a total sum of 10 seats to the newly created Parliament. On 20 September 2015, Alios citizens voted for a National Artists' Guild majority in Parliament, and Shounn Virny was elected to serve as the Kingdom's new Prime Minister.[1] The election's turnout was of 100%, the highest recorded turnout in all of Sabia and Verona's history[1].

Background

The sixth general election took place over a year after the previous election, in which PM Bertrand Rivière was elected. Rivière served a whole year as it was indicated in the 2014 constitution, adopted during the previous administration of Léon Galieri. The election takes place amidst a period of transition and change in Sabia and Verona, nearly a month after the adoption of a new constitution, the coronation of a new king and the move of the capital to a newly established city, Alios. The statutes of the new constitution, first drafted at the Congress in Salisse and later adopted by royal decree by recently crowned King Tarek on 25 August, stated elections for national institutions were from now on to happen only in the new capital of Alios, and that only Aliosik citizens would be allowed to be nominated to the Parliament or the new Tribunal. This concession meant that the number of voters would now be considerably smaller.

12 September cover of Sourg ê Mourg, the NNS's official newspaper actively promoting Virny's candidature.

Once the Haronos Plan was executed, Sabioveronese politicians in Alios assembled in ideological groups, generally with little regard for old Sabioveronese parties such as the Left Alliance and Convergence and Amity. Members of these two parties abandoned their memberships and founded the National Artists' Guild (NNS), which rapidly became the largest party in Alios. Opposition to the NNS manifested in various forms, predominantly the form of the Unity Party or independent politicians, which on 9 September 2015 became the Sabian Democratic Assembly (ASD), an evolution of the Kepren Ladom electoral alliance.

Candidates

Virny

Shounn Virny, former Auror and University of Elinore law student, is a newcomer to Sabioveronese politics. Having participated at the first National Artists' Guild congress in Alios on 27 August 2015, he rose to prominence as an eloquent and concise speaker. He was chosen as a fresh new face for the newly founded party, contrasting with other potential NNS candidates like Anton Schubert-Moss or Andreina Rossini who have already been seen in many Sabioveronese elections. Virny follows the ideals of the NNS, including public funding for the arts and a strong support for the Alios-dominant system adopted by the 2015 constitution.

Blackhorse

Andrew Blackhorse is unlike his contender, an old face in Sabia and Verona. He's known as one of the "three kings" who led the Three King-revolt in November 2012 alongside Albert Gold and Leandro Casablanca. Blackhorse is also a former Land Army Major. Blackhorse, though technically running as a Unity Party candidate, campaigns under the banner of the Sabian Democratic Assembly (ASD), formerly known as the Kepren Ladom electoral coalition. The ASD includes both independent candidates and Unity Party candidates.

Polls

Pollster Date Guild Unity
The SiV Phonograph [1] 28 August 2015 55% 45%
The SiV Phonograph 15 September 2015 60% 40%
Results 20 September 2015 60% 40%

References