Charges of corruption and vote-buying before the election
for head of state
We're upset that a widely-respected candidate who has
run on a platform of cleaning ujp corruption and vote-buying is given little
media coverage for most of the campaign
This "clean" candidate has accused one special ihnterest
group of controlling the whole political process, and he is not allowed
to participate in candidate forums (which are confined to the 2 ruling
dynasties). Though widely regarded as the only untainted main running,
when he shows up with an audience ticket to a candidate forum, police bar
him from even entering the building.
This country has arcane voting rules where winning the
popular vote is irrelevant to winning the election.
After the election, there are charges and counter-charges
of corruption in one particular province between the 2 ruling elites:
Think back a few years to this type of scenario
happening in a developing country about to have an election
There's some suspicion of nepotism, in that the province that is the focus
of attention is ruled by the brother of one of the candidates for head-of-state
Charges and counter-charges between the 2 ruling familites hold up election
results for many weeks. Tiny details (like how far through ballot
punches must extend) become the focus of national attention.
A well-known partisan country offers to come in as an elections observer
and sort through the mess.
polls kept open extra hours
missing ballot boxes
unusual numbers of voters of 1 particular ethnic group
stopped by police on way to polling place
voters from a village dominated by another ethnic group given a special
confusing ballot which, when counted, reveals an unusually high number
of votes for someone perceived as an enemy of that ethnic group
What was previously a very boring elections turns into something that
holds peoples' constant attention. Appears to be like a great Hollywood