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TSR General Election - May 2015



I can officially declare the closure of the 20th Parliament.
Voting will continue to take place to conclude the current items in the Division Lobby.

All parties and prospective independent candidates have 7 days to prepare and submit their manifestos.

Manifesto Criteria:
1) Manifestos shall consist of a maximum of 470 words.
This usually equates to 450 words text, and an additional 20 word banner.
The Speaker will cut the manifesto if they go over the limit.

2) Manifestos are to be submitted to the speaker by 22:30 on Thursday 30th April.
Any received after this time will be accepted at the Speaker's discretion

3) In a general election a maximum of 16 parties and independents can stand, parties and independents from a previous election will get priority over anyone else.
The Speaker again has the discretion to remove people from standing in the general election.

4) As requested by the Guidance Document, manifestos may not contain videos or audio clips unless created by a member of the party in question.
i) all words typed or spoken within the manifesto will be counted (this excludes the 20 word tagline).
ii) videos and audio clips will be removed before textual content is until the word limit is met.

5) Manifestos can include up to 2 images.

6) The election will take place over 24 days:

Timetable
23rd April: Parliament closes, election is called.
7 days for parties to submit manifestos.

30th April: Election poll opens, manifestos are posted.

9th May: Election results announced. Coalition negotiations begin.

17th May: State Opening of Parliament, with declaration of coalition arrangements.

This is only the third time a TSR election has coincided with real life.
Let's make it the best one yet!
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30th March? A solid 11 months to prepare. Good stuff.
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(Original post by That Bearded Man)
30th March? A solid 11 months to prepare. Good stuff.
That was very generous of me! Now corrected
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Good Luck all!

Isn't the 10 day vote dependent on number of voters? I thought the election poll was timed to finish on May 7th, ideally at 10pm
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Good Luck all!

Isn't the 10 day vote dependent on number of voters? I thought the election poll was timed to finish on May 7th, ideally at 10pm
I thought it was decided that closing voting on election night itself was daft as people's attention will be on that rather than here.
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So it begins! :dance:
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(Original post by Matthew_Lowson)
Good Luck all!

Isn't the 10 day vote dependent on number of voters? I thought the election poll was timed to finish on May 7th, ideally at 10pm
I decided to extend the election for 3 days after the election. It was felt all attention would be on the RL election result on the 7th and not on the MHoC.
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Can we just confirm that there will once again be an informal agreement not to have an opposition coalition.
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Can we just confirm that there will once again be an informal agreement not to have an opposition coalition.
I thought that had been enshrined in the GD? Or do you mean some shady informal Opposition Coalition?
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I thought that had been enshrined in the GD? Or do you mean some shady informal Opposition Coalition?
It may have been actually.
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It may have been actually.
Oh damn that reminds me we're back to 'HM's Most Loyal Opposition' this coming term aren't we...
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Oh damn that reminds me we're back to 'HM's Most Loyal Opposition' this coming term aren't we...
"Loyal" depends on who's forming it.
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"Loyal" depends on who's forming it.
Ahh touché!
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(Original post by RayApparently)
I thought that had been enshrined in the GD? Or do you mean some shady informal Opposition Coalition?
(Original post by Rakas21)
It may have been actually.
There was an amendment proposed but the GD and constitution still allow coalition opposition so...
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"Loyal" depends on who's forming it.
Wanting Her Majesty to take a permanent break from responsibilities and the public eyes at an old age probably is the most loyal thing to do!
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With the announcement of the election being 3 days ago, I quit the MHOC, I'm no longer an MP, I'm not going to partake in Tory nastiness, I'm not going to be with children.

Good day.
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With the announcement of the election being 3 days ago, I quit the MHOC, I'm no longer an MP, I'm not going to partake in Tory nastiness, I'm not going to be with children.

Good day.
Tory nastiness? Sounds like you have something you wanna get off your chest.

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not long to go now then
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Tory nastiness? Sounds like you have something you wanna get off your chest.

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Yes that the Tories are wonderful and so generous and kind :adore:
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Sorry, I'm new so a bit confused! Are independent candidates standing for election as part of a party or just by themselves if that makes sense?
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