The votes are still rolling in, and though the voting has been marred by a bit of (perhaps unintentional) ballot stuffing--which officials are "pretty sure" they've accounted for in the exit polls--election officials are already hailing this as a victory for democracy. Indeed, the public seems to be vocally supportive of the effort.
Exit polls show voters are favoring Roselyn, Beatrix and Dorothea as the front runners, with Coraline, Violet, Eloise and Iris bringing up the rear. As the front-runner, however, Roselyn risks being disqualified as rising in popularity too quickly as reckoned by statistical analysis conducted by election commissioner Christine Etler.
"We are not opposed to Roselyn in principle. However, it would be unwise to choose a name that is becoming too popular and risk undermining the child's uniqueness," she explained at a raucous press conference today.
Aizay Etler, the incumbent youngest child of the Etler family, was seen flanked by his beaming parents, his hands clasped above his head in victory. "We asked the people, and they responded," he said. "Whether we listen to them is beside the point. At least we asked, right?"
Election watchdog groups say that while they wait for officials to declare a winner, they are not hopeful for a fair outcome. "These people are not interested in the will of the people," said one observer, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisal.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Posted by Dave at 5/22/2007 08:38:00 PM