T'Valdra, Qirbus System, T'Valdra Allied Stars
Eligible voters across the local cluster are preparing to cast their ballots tomorrow in the T'Valdra Allied Stars' biweekly leadership election.
The five candidates running for presidency of the fanatic egalitarian democracy come from a variety of government backgrounds and offer a diverse range of two election promises; construction of more mining stations, or construction of more research stations.
Incumbent president Ik'Thor'Ar is widely tipped to be the front-runner in the leadership race, with his election campaign centering on a mandate to build at least 4 mining stations at some point during his term. This comes despite the fact he failed to deliver on the same promise during the most recent election cycle that saw him gain his current office.
Speaking at a political rally earlier this week, Ik'Thor'Ar told those gathered;
"A vote for me is a vote for more mining stations. I'm a single issue politician from a single issue party, so you know you can trust me."
Ik'Thor'Ar's main competitor in the election is Ik'Kek'Kek, a former fleet admiral, who is also running on a mining station construction mandate. He told reporters yesterday;
"If you go out and speak to xenos, the number one thing they say is - we need more mining stations. I suppose because mining stations give minerals that can build even more mining stations. That's what I've listened to, and it's why I'm running for office. You can't trust Ik'Thor'Ar to follow through - he failed us once, he'll fail us again."
The remaining three candidates, scientists Ik'Thrass'Lor, Ik'Tek'Tok and Ik'Don'Das are all pledging to build more research stations.
Ik'Thrass'Lor told Xenonion News;
"I'm not saying mining stations are bad per se, but our current president, the president before him, and the president before him all based their election campaigns around off-world mining mandates. Now it's time that we consider building some more research stations. I know our public. It's what they want."
Similar to previous T'Valdra elections, the wide range of candidate election promises appears to have enthused many voters, and turnout tomorrow is expected to be high.
Some voters, however, have admitted to feeling overwhelmed by the diversity of choice facing them. One such voter is Ik'Pox'Vox, who told Xenonion News this morning;
"This decision is really is hard, I don't know who to vote for. Do I go on the promise of mining stations or research stations? Which one will have the most impact on my quality of life? If I get this wrong will future generations look back on me with horror or think I'm stupid? This is the 330th election I've had to make this decision and it gets harder every time."
The election has also renewed calls for planetary governors to be elected by popular vote, however incumbent president Ik'Thor'Ar has ruled this out, stating there was simply no time left in the working week to run daily governorship elections.