Protests Mar Reconstruction Days Holiday Celebrations on Amanra

by Yaz Shanndar

(Alexios, Amanra) Close elections always trigger strong emotions, and the recent Speaker’s election for Amanra was as close as it can get with the popular vote resulting in a tie, forcing the 100 members of the Solrain Citizens and Traders Council (STCC) to break the tie with a vote. But this election was also was overshadowed by claims that Hyperial hackers tried to sway the presidential election.

Millions of Amanrans signed an online petition stating that Ms. Whyte was unfit for the Speaker’s Chair, while anti-Whyte protesters gathered at cities across the planet.protests

In Alexios, more than 10,000 demonstrators braved unusually cold temperatures, chanting: “Whyte’s Not Right!”

In Arestol, protesters beat drums and waved signs saying: “Don’t let Hyperial Run Our Planet.”

On the campus of Sutonia University, hundreds of student-demonstrators cried.

We attempted to contact the incumbent Speaker, Cassia Verhal, but her spokesperson said she was not ready to make a statement at this time.

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Challengers Tie in Speaker Vote

UUNN Newswire

(Cornea Station)  The popular election for the Solrain Speaker for Amanra has ended in a tie, but the incumbent speaker, Cassia Verhal, will not be part of the runoff election.

The final run-off vote between Daneel Ruyden and Lylian Whyte will be determined by the 100 members of the Solrain Traders and Citizens Council (STCC) and will be announced on Friday, 117.7.7.

The STCC is comprised of the 40 top Solrain CEOs plus 20 popularly-elected members from each planet.

STCC Says Speaker Election is Closest in Years

UUNN News Wire

(Cornea Station)  With just three days to go before the polls close, the STCC says that the election is one of the closest three-way contests it’s seen in years, with the challengers in a dead heat, and 117 Speakers Election - Preliminarythe incumbent trailing by about 12%.

If the early results hold true, it will be a shocking defeat for Speaker Verhal and her Progressive Party.  Clearly she is hoping for a big late turnout.

Votes can still be registered at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HDGF8CM

The exact number of votes to date has not been released, so it is impossible to project a winner at this time.

 

STCC Opens Final Runoff Election

UUNN Newswire

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(Cornea Station)
 The STCC has opened the voting for the final runoff election for the Speaker for Amanra.  The voting will be open until 117.6.30, and the final election results will be announced during the upcoming Founders Day holiday which runs from 117.7.7 through 117.7.9.

Solrain citizens are encouraged to register their votes here  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HDGF8CM
(Only votes from Solrain Citizens will be registered)

The finalist candidates for this triennial election are council members:

  • Daneel Ruyden – Ruyden is a fairly new council member and this is his first runoff.  Ruyden’s voting record is usually moderate with regard to foreign affairs and conservative when it comes to fiscal matters.
  • Cassia Verhal – Verhal has been Speaker for 15 years and is generally considered as the most progressive of the speakers.  She has sometimes found herself allied with Hellion’s Imogen Hugin against the powerful veteran Demeter Garreth
  • Lylian Whyte – A 30-year veteran of the Council, ‘Lyl’ Whyte has tried to unseat Verhal three times without success.  She is a long-time member of the council and close personal friend of Demeter Garreth.  Her political views are extremely conservative and her fiscal positions are “traditional.”

Speakers Squabble over DSS

UUNN Newswire

(UUNN HQ)  A dispute has apparently now broken out between the STCC Speakers regarding the disposition of the enormous collection of DSS found on Cornea Station in Storage Hold 25.  Earlier today, Speaker Demeter Garreth announced that the DSS were being turned over to Dorator R&D for data recovery and decryption, but Speakers Imogen Hugin (Hellion) and Cassia Verhal (Amanra) have called an emergency session of the STCC to decide on disposition of the DSS.

“It’s not up to Garreth what is done with those DSS,” said Verhal.  “She has over-stepped once again.  These DSS are Solrain property and I don’t want them in the hands of some multifactional Corporation with questionable loyalties.  Solrain needs to have direct oversight and control of this treasure.”