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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Calm, lawful election day ahead
Today the electorate goes to the polls to vote for local government representation. It’s the big day for all of the political parties, which have invested heavily in persuading voters of the benefits of their brand of governance, and for some it will be a decisive accounting of their political currency. There was a time in this country’s political history when local government elections were a sleepy business, with far lower voter turnout than a general election.
That isn’t expected to be the case today, and an event that once required the urging of the Elections and Boundaries Commission has now evolved into a heated affair of televised rallies and dense blocks of mostly issue-free advertising. The electorate will be asked to choose from a dense slate of candidates. The People’s National Movement, the People’s Partnership coalition and the Independent Liberal Party each offer a full or very nearly full slate of candidates, while the Movement for Social Justice has nominated 16.
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