Europeia Poised for a Competitive Presidential Election
Three tickets stand in the presidential election amidst activity concerns and the end of Writinglegend's terms
Written by Writinglegend, Edited by McEntire
After three consecutive terms of President Writinglegend, Europeia faces its first open presidential election in months, kicking off amid activity concerns and widespread ministry staffing shortages. Vice Chancellor Maowi opened the November Presidential Election season by noting that Europeia faces many "open questions." Three strong candidates immediately stood for the race in an election that promises to be highly competitive and will likely center on the candidates’ solutions to the problem of staff shortages.
This is a rare presidential election where several of the most anticipated candidates take the plunge at the same time: popular rising stars Grand Admiral Icarus and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pland Adanna, and well-known and outspoken Attorney General Olde Delaware. In the EBC's recent midterm poll, Icarus and Pland Adanna were the two most sought after candidates by respondents, with 7 and 5 mentions by poll respondents respectively. Olde Delaware was also mentioned twice as a candidate respondents would want to see, and has received positive comments in poll comments and in Eurochat for his performance as Attorney General.
President Writinglegend took office April 16 and will be president for just under seven months at the conclusion of the November presidential election. Maowi noted in their speech that this election will set the tone for the post-Writinglegend era in the Goldenblock, questioning "[w]ill his legacy be continued and enforced, or will we see bold moves to transform the executive branch?"
Platforms have not yet been released, and it remains to be seen if the presidential hopefuls will look to continue President Writinglegend's diplomatic movement towards defender-aligned regions and "inside-out" strategy of utilizing Europeia's domestic ministries to engage with external communities. While there may be some contrast with current policies, all three presidential candidates come from within the Writinglegend administration.
Notably, all three current candidates for president have never-before held the office, suggesting that President Writinglegend’s strategy of elevating newer members to positions of authority is paying some dividends. The three vice presidential candidates also bring a vast amount of experience. Kuramia and Lime both held the presidency in the past and Istillian is a former first minister and vice president.
The EBC reached out to all three campaigns for comment on their reasoning for running for election.
"There are very many reasons that I felt like now was the right moment for Isti and me to run," Grand Admiral Icarus stated. "I think the main one is that it’s a chance for me to do good for the region that has done so much for me." Grand Admiral Icarus was cognizant of activity issues in the region, acknowledging that we are facing "many issues at the moment," but that she wanted to face them together with the community she loves.
Candidate Olde Delaware also acknowledged the activity crisis, saying, "We're facing an inactivity crisis we haven't seen in almost three years." He continued by touting his experience abroad, "I have taken on this challenge before while serving in high office abroad and I am hoping to use that knowledge to help Europeia continue to be one of the best places to live and flourish in the NS world." He acknowledged that Europeia is coming off of some of the strongest presidential terms in recent memory, but that we can always strive to be better.
Meanwhile, Pland Adanna talked about his unique experience and background in the world assembly as a reason for running. "As a relative newcomer, a proud product of our beloved Ministry of World Assembly Affairs, and a source of endless excitement about Europeia's future, I believe that my ideas, perspective, and vision for our region provide the best path forward for Europeia," he stated. "I couldn't let myself sit on the sidelines and watch as Europeia, the region that I love and that has given me so much, faces a challenging range of issues."
Key issues to watch this upcoming election will be how candidates plan to tackle the regional activity problem, whether candidates want to merge the Ministry of Radio and Communications, and the foreign policy direction of Europeia. Voting will open on November 11. Watch the EBC and EBC Radio for further coverage of this competitive and fast-evolving race for the Goldenblock.