Good, Insightful and Timely | Year 18 | 21 July 2020
SOUTH PACIFIC INDEPENDENT NEWS NETWORK
AMERION ELECTED DELEGATE
Amerion was elected Delegate on July 18 with 62% of the gameside vote, after being consistently in the lead of both the forum and gameside rounds of the election. Amerion ran on a platform of continuing existing projects and brigding the gap between the gameside and offsite communities, facing a challenge from Penguin, who ran on their experience and trustworthiness. Amerion is currently raising their endorsement count in order to succeed Somyrion.
COURT RULES THAT THE LOCAL COUNCIL CANNOT FILL VACANCIES
The High Court ruled on July 16 on the Local Council Vacancy case, deciding that the Local Council cannot fill a vacancy on its own, as mandated by local gameside law, because the Elections Act already dictates that the Delegate is responsible for filling vacancies. The ruling also says that the Delegate may opt not to fill vacancies when those are the result of resignations or recalls, rather than a lack of candidates during an election. A debate has started in the Assembly on repealing the provision of the Elections Act that prevents the Local Council from filling vacancies.
ROAVIN RESTARTS DEBATE ON MORA SPLIT
Roavin has restarted the debate in the Assembly about splitting the Ministry of Regional Affairs, following two ill-fated attempts earlier this year that ended in hightened tensions and the eventual resignation of then-Minister Jay Coop. Unlike prior attempts, the current debate is explicitly focusing on the merits of a split and on identifying areas of improvement for the Regional Affairs portfolio, rather than directly attempting to draft a bill on a split. This latter approach resulted in significant tensions during the most recent attempt at a debate.
MORA ORGANISES INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVAL
The Ministry of Regional Affairs is running the 2020 Independence Day Festival, an event that celebrates the 17th anniversary of Delegate LadyRebels's refusal to fly the flag of the Atlantic Central Command, a foreign military organisation, over the South Pacific. The event has its own Discord server and forum section, where members of the region are discussing the significance of the holiday, sharing memes and overall having a good time.
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