Amerada Prime Ministerial Election Special

Part One: Matthew McIvor

This is part one of our three part look at the election platforms of the three Amerada prime ministerial candidates for the upcoming election this month. Our first part will deal with the election platform set down by Mr. Matthew McIvor, who is seen as the top candidate in the election according to a recent poll held at the Amerada ezboard (Mr. McIvor received 67% of the poll’s results). The election starts on October 08, 2002 and ends on October 15, 2002.

Mr. McIvor is a native of New Zealand and has been in Amerada since November 2001, when he was appointed the Governor of Califario to replace the outgoing Gov. Lacharite. He ran for the Amerada Legislature and was elected. He current serves as the speaker of the house in Prime Minister McCullough’s absence. In May 2002, he was appointed as the Deputy-Prime Minister of Amerada.

His electoral platform covers many different areas of the nation. Without further adieu, here is the MFP’s look at the electoral platform.

1. Create a public list of MP’s and the region’s they serve so the public can easily contact there local MP.

There has always been a problem with this in Amerada’s electoral system. Elections Amerada, which is responsible for information like this, is never up-to-date and it rarely even does anything. However, earlier this week, it finally released a list of the current members of the legislature containing the very information Mr. McIvor talks about. This platform point isn’t all that appealing. Perhaps it would have been wiser if he had to promise to get Elections Amerada, itself, active.

2. Create an online catalogue of all Ameradian laws.

Like the last point, this was recently done. It seems that President Washburn has been acting on Mr. McIvor’s platform in order to get some of what he proposes done now, thus making certain points in the platform moot. Once again, it would have been better for McIvor to promise to keep such a “catalogue” up-to-date.

3. Support the Constitution.

Well this point is wonderfully vague. The MFP decided to go and find out exactly what McIvor meant by this point. He says that he wants to define, through the constitution, the exact roles of federal and colonial governments to “keep them both in their place.” Still a pretty vague point, but I guess we’ll find out the master plan if and when he’s elected.

4. Create a commission to write a report on the [legislature] and, following the report, re-design the [legislature] to reduce bill waiting times and increase efficiency.

This is a welcomed initiative. Legislative reform is at the top of the list for many candidates and citizens. However, the idea of convening a commission to investigate what has to be done is the unwelcome part. Commissions don’t really work in Amerada. They fall inactive before anything comes out of them, as is the case with most meetings or gatherings in Amerada aimed at improving it. What we need is to skip the commission part and move straight to the reforming stage. We (the citizens of Amerada) for the most part know what we want changed in the legislative system enough to implement it. A short meeting via direct democracy on the subject is more likely to succeed with some concrete results than a commission.

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Liam Sinclair
Owner/Senior Editor. One of the longest-serving micronational journalists, Sinclair started reporting in 2001. His work has since been recognized by several community awards.
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