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EU elections to be marred by historically low turnout

Posted By admin On June 4, 2009 @ 4:16 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Damien McElroy and Bruno Waterfield
London Telegraph [1]
Thursday, June 4, 2009

It has been proclaimed as the biggest democratic exercise in history but the European election is likely to be marred by a historically low turnout.

The European Commission has projected that only 34 per cent of the eligible electorate would vote, a dramatic drop from the 45 per cent turnout at the last election.

Officials have blamed a series of “distractions” – from local economic woes to fringe candidates dominating national campaigns – for sliding interest among the 375 million eligible voters.

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The forecast prompted a warning from Margot Wallstrom, the Commission’s vice-president for communication, that the credibility of the EU’s only democratic institution is at stake. “The legitimacy of your parliament, and that of the Union as a whole, is at stake,” she wrote in a recent internal document.

Voters in 27 countries will elect 736 MEPs over four days starting on Thursday, with the results due to be released on Sunday night.

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[3] 2012 US Elections – The People Have Spoken: No Confidence: http://www.prisonplanet.com/2012-us-elections-the-people-have-spoken-no-confidence.html

[4] Voter Turnout Plunges Throughout the Western World … Largely Due to Political Corruption: http://www.prisonplanet.com/voter-turnout-plunges-throughout-the-western-world-%e2%80%a6-largely-due-to-political-corruption.html

[5] Annual flu vaccine drive sees lowest turnout ever: http://www.prisonplanet.com/annual-flu-vaccine-drive-sees-lowest-turnout-ever.html

[6] Nicolas Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement thrashed in regional elections: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nicolas-sarkozys-union-for-a-popular-movement-thrashed-in-regional-elections.html

[7] Pelosi’s national popularity plummets as elections loom: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pelosis-national-popularity-plummets-as-elections-loom.html

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