The Order of the Knights Exemplar are now holding their elections for their Executive posts: Grand Master, Grand Hospitaller, Grand Chancellor and Grand Arbiter.
At election time, only two of the four posts are running unopposed, those of Grand Chancellor and Grand Arbiter. The former is being contested by Mike Lewis, Marquis of New Charter and former Deputy Chairman of the International Conservative, and Jackson Eden, Universal Triumvirate Head of Media and former Secretary of the International Conservative, while the latter is being contested by David Sarkozy and YourLocalDictator.
Early indicators predict a victory for David Sarkozy and Jackson Eden in these elections, with no votes being tallied for YourLocalDictator and only one vote for Mike Lewis, though due to the nature of Exemplar membership, these said indicators cannot be deemed conclusive as, in order to win, the prospective Executive must win at least 6 of the 10 popular votes available.
David Sarkozy has, so far, attained 5 votes, and Jackson Eden has attained 4 votes.
However, despite the low voter turnout thus far, the Chancellory debates indicate a degree of public support for Eden, who achieved 3 votes when polled, beating out Marquis with 2 and “Neither” at 1.
Neither the Grand Master nor Grand Hospitaller elections are being contested, with Nikias Wernher and Markus set to take these positions unopposed. The election season lasts for 48 hours after midnight on Friday at “U.S. Central time”, closing at the same time on Sunday, or 6AM GMT on the 31st. Only registered members of the Knights Templar are allowed to vote.
There will be updates as the election progresses.
UPDATE: The vote cast for Mike Lewis, the Marquis of New Charter, has now been recast for Jackson Eden, putting Eden’s total number of votes at 5 from 10 electors. At this point, both he and prospective Grand Arbiter David Sarkozy need only one vote in order to be in a position to call the election.
UPDATE II: Six votes have been cast for both Sarkozy and Eden, meaning that – with a majority of the popular vote – they can call the election. However, since the election closes in eight hours, there is no necessity for either candidate to do so.
UPDATE III: The elections have closed, with Jackson Eden, Nikias Wernher, David Sarkozy and Markus all winning their respective contests; however, Eden must still have his appointment approved by the Triumvirate Executive Branch as per the Constitution before he can accept the role.