Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Elections, Romanian style!

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - The residents of a Romanian village knowingly voted in a dead man as their mayor in Sunday's municipal election, preferring him to his living opponent.Neculai Ivascu, 57, who ran the village for almost two decades, died from liver disease just after voting began -- but still won the election by a margin of 23 votes.

A local official said the authorities decided to keep the poll open in case Ivascu's opponent, Gheorghe Dobrescu, won, avoiding the need for a re-run.

"I know he died, but I don't want change," a pro-Ivascu villager told Romanian television.

In the end, election authorities gave the post to the runner-up, but some villagers and Ivascu's party, the powerful opposition Social Democrat Party (PSD), have called for a new vote.

Well, I know the American electorate does want change, but I really like the idea of voting in a dead chief executive. Whattya say people, Reagan in 2008??


John Q Public said...

doesn't that run afoul of the 22nd amendment? can we pick another deceased president to head the ticket? should we also pick a deceased vice president, lest he actually take office?

Angus said...

yes yes yes a dead vice president too! William Henry Harrison?

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