St.Charlian general election, 2012
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The St.Charlian General Elections of 2012 (Italian: Elezioni Generali St.Charliane del 2012) also known as Decision 2012, scheduled throughout December 2011 and January 2012, was the most recent St.Charlian federal and parliamentary election. The election was held from December 21 to December 30, 2011, the last day being known as Election Day. It was the third annual general election in which electors (who elect the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of St.Charlie) were chosen.
Nicolò Alvisi, who was eligible for a second term as Head of Government, announced that he would not seek nomination to be the Socialist Party's candidate in this election. The National Party confirmed Alexander Reinhardt, President of the St.Charlian Parliament as its nominee; the Socialists proposed Filippo Lanzarini, Tor Pendente citizen and unofficial coach of the F.C. St.Charlie
The elections for the Prime Minister coincided with the Federal elections of all the federations, including the newly-established Federation of New Branson, thus ending the IIIrd Legislature. It was also believed that the outcome of the elections will influence St.Charlie's position within the microsphere.
In 2011, then-Prime Minister Alexander Reinhardt lost reelection, defeated by the Socialist nominee, Minister of Justice Nicolò Alvisi. With the Federation of Tor Pendente changing allegiance, the National Party lost the majority within the St.Charlian Parliament, with 4 MPs against 6 from the SCSP.
However, Alvisi's approval ratings had been slowly declining from their high point after the elections, and by his reelection, support had remained high only in one of the four voting Federations. Although nationally Alvisi ratified the first legal code and civil partnerships, his approval rating dropped quickly by the second half of 2011, with many negative responses coming from the intermicronational community due to the supposed voting irregularities denounced by former NPSC Vice Secretary, Heinrich Schneider.
On October 30, Schneider resigns from all government and political positions denouncing the ineptitude of the Socialist government in dealing with the denounced irregularities. While Schneider was criticised of manipulating the dates of his departure from the national political scene in order to promote the National Party, his actions were enough to push Alvisi not to seek reelection in 2012. Outside St.Charlie, after Schneider's post, the Socialist Party was subject to negative reviews, most notably from Pierre d'Égtavie, who referred to the Socialist Party as "an inept, vote-rigging farce [...] the NPSC is now faced with the task of undoing the damage".
On November 29, President Lisa Cassidy decreed that the dates would have been moved by two weeks due to the impossibility of certain Federations to actually organise ballots. The final date, also known as "Election Day" was chosen to be December 30.
Initially the main candidates for the NPSC were Heinrich Schneider and Patryk Adam Bronisz, with Alexander Reinhardt announcing his desire not to seek re-election on May 16, 2011. Reinhardt announced that Schneider would have also eventually replaced him as party leader in 2012. However, following his resignation from all political positions on October 30, 2011, the National Party chose to candidate his Secretary for the 2012 Elections on November 1, together with Bronisz, who was nominated Vice Secretary of the Party ten days later.
On the same day, the NPSC confirmed that he would have seeked re-election of Barbara Ruvolo in New Branson and Annabelle Pincer in Greater Ridgeway, and would have proposed former President Valentina Marchesi in Tor Pendente and a citizen's list in Caroline Charlotte.
With the sudden decision of Nicolò Alvisi not to seek re-election, and the actual impossibility of Magnus de Armis of becoming Prime Minister, the party was at a deadlock. It is said that Fabiana Gallo della Loggia initially showed interest in the General Elections, but later decided to focus more on the incoming Presidential elections.
On November 28, hours after the final session of the St.Charlian Parliament and two days before the dismissal of the legislature, Alvisi announced that the Socialist Party would have candidated Filippo Lanzarini, unofficial coach of the F.C. St.Charlie, as candidate for Prime Minister. On the same post, Alvisi confirmed that the SCSP will seek re-election in Tor Pendente and Caroline Charlotte with Elizabeth Evans and Leonard Von Sternberg, and will propose Alexander Rikkeri and Elena Ferranti for New Branson and Greater Ridgeway.
|Name||Party||Number of Votes||Percentage of votes|
|In New Branson|
|In Caroline Charlotte|
|In New Ridgeway|
|In Tor Pendente|
- "Dimissioni [ITA-ENG]", St.Charlian Forum, 30 October 2011, 22:03
- "Alvisi will not seek re-election", The St.Charlian Observer, 5 November 2011
- "The Party / the Ideology", MicroWiki Forum, 26 November 2011, 10:33 PM
- "Decreto per spostamento elezioni e Capitale", St.Charlian Forum, 30 November 2011
- "Decision 2012: Cassidy changes dates, new capital city", The St.Charlian Observer, 1 December 2011
- "Reinhardt not running for 2012 General Elections", The St.Charlian Observer, 16 May 2011
- "Nuovo Vice Segretario", St.Charlian Forum, 14 November 2011
- "Candidati elezioni generali 2012", St.Charlian Forum, 28 November 2011