Whestcorean Mememaster-General Election, April 2016

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Whestcorean Congressional Mememaster-General Election, April 2016
No prior election • Whestcorean Mememaster-General elections • August 2016 Mememaster-General Election
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Majority vote required for election
November 4th, 2015
Candidates Horatio Eden Rainbow Gordon Bennett Samuel Jackson James Reece
Political Party Party Party Dirty Party House Party Apathy Party
% of Vote (national)* 53.8% 14.3% 46.1% 7.1%
% of Vote (international)* 80% 20% 0% 0%
Mememaster-General (pre-election) Horatio Eden
Mememaster-General (post-election) Horatio Eden
*Percentages may not add up to 100%, they reflect their share of the vote in the final round they were balloted in

The Whestcorean Mememaster-General election of April 2016, originally scheduled for April 18th and 19th of 2016 but only closing on May 8th, was the first quadannual Whestcorean Mememaster-General election. Voters across the nation and internationally directly elected the Mememaster-General through a single transferable vote, secret ballot election, with the national election being held on the 18th and the international on the 8th of May.

Incumbent Mememaster-General, Horatio Eden won re-election, but by a narrower margin than his previous federal victories.

Background

Pursuant to the Mememaster General Election Act of 2016, the Mememaster-General, as of February, is no longer elected as a result of his or her party winning a majority or a coalition of the seats in Congress, but independently, making the office a more presidential one. The vote attributed to the office in Congress has also been removed, with the leadership of the majority party in Congress vested in a House Majority Leader.

The incumbent, Horatio Eden, was eligible to run for re-election as there is no term limit placed on the length of time any one candidate may hold the office. In the previous election, his party won a majority of the seats in Congress which, under the previous system, gave him an extra seat as the leader of the majority party and head of state. Eden has so far been the only person to serve in the office since the inception of the nation in September 2015.

Party Party

Incumbent Mememaster-General Horatio Eden, leader of the Party Party, was the first and only Party Party politician to announce his candidacy, running unopposed for the nomination of the party after Vice Mememaster-General Bob Christ, who originally opposed his leadership in the first Party Party leadership election, endorsed his candidacy.

When he won the national vote by a knife-edge, there was speculation that Samuel Jackson, the House Party candidate, might dethrone him; however, a strong showing by Eden in the international arena secured his re-election.

Candidates

Party Party (Whestcorea))
Candidates below have been nominated for election.
Horatio Eden
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1st Mememaster-General of the Federal Republic of Whestcorea
(2015–present)

Apathy Party

The newly formed Apathy Party, run by party leader James Reece, the former Whestcorean criminal and Supreme Leader of the now annexed Whestcorean territory AS A, nominated their new leader as the Apathy Party nominee. However, after being eliminated in the first national round of voting, he suspended his campaign at the request of the party membership.

Candidates

Candidates below have been nominated for election.
James Reece
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Former Supreme Leader of AS A
(2015–2016)
Campaign suspended

House Party

The House Party, which took on the former members of the Democratic Dictatorship Party, nominated their leader, Samuel Jackson, who finished in second-place after Horatio Eden, came second in the national vote but failed to score a single percentage point internationally.

Candidates

Candidates below have been nominated for election.
Samuel Jackson
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Leader of the House Party
(2016–present)

Dirty Party

The Dirty Party, founded as a spiritual successor to the former Different Party, was mathematically eliminated from winning after the national election.

Candidates

Candidates below have been nominated for election.
Rainbow Gordon Bennett
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Former Leader of the Opposition
(2015–2016)

Election

The national election closed with 16 votes tallied. Spoiled ballots are listed as their percentage of the total, but the other percentages are calculated as if the spoiled ballots were not counted, and as such the totals may not add up to 100%.

First round
Candidate National citizens
Votes %
Horatio Eden 5 35.7%
Samuel Jackson 6 42.8%
Rainbow Gordon Bennett 2 14.3%
James Reece 1 7.1%
Spoiled ballots 2 12.5%

James Reece, with the fewest votes, was eliminated and his vote was redistributed to the second choice of the voter, Horatio Eden.

Second round
Candidate National citizens
Votes %
Horatio Eden 6 42.8%
Samuel Jackson 6 42.8%
Rainbow Gordon Bennett 2 14.3%
Spoiled ballots 2 12.5%

Rainbow Gordon Bennett, with the fewest votes, was eliminated, and his votes redistributed. Bennett gave his preferences entirely to himself, and his vote was dismissed.

Third round
Candidate National citizens
Votes %
Horatio Eden 7 53.8%
Samuel Jackson 6 46.1%
Spoiled ballots 2 12.5%

Horatio Eden won the national vote over three rounds.

The international election was more decisive.

First round
Candidate International citizens
Votes %
Horatio Eden 3 80%
Samuel Jackson 0 0%
Rainbow Gordon Bennett 1 20%
James Reece (campaign suspended) 0 0%
Spoiled ballots 0 0%

Horatio Eden won the international election in one round, with a landslide majority. He will be sworn in on the 9th of May to start his fourth term in office, which will end on the 9th of September.