Jun 19, 2008 - quirky    No Comments

Electing dead officials

Romanian villagers re-elected a dead man as their mayor because they preferred him to his living opponent.

Neculai Ivascu, 57, had run the village of Voinesti since 1990, but died from liver disease just after voting began.

But he still won the election by a margin of 23 votes, reports the Daily Telegraph.

“I know he died but I don’t want change,” one resident told Romanian TV.

The Central Election Bureau kept the poll open because “the law does not foresee such a situation”, a spokesman said.

Ultimately, election authorities awarded the post to runner-up Mr Dobrescu, of the ruling National Liberal Party.

Considering the lack of decent political options in most countries where there is severe voter fatigue with corrupt politicians, voting dead people might be an option. We in Pakistan have been doing it for quite some time, the only difference is that we do not elect dead people, we elect the living breathing ones in the name of the dead ones.

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