Sunday, October 3, 2010

Local Elections

Like in the UK there has been a large song and dance about the recent Peruvian local elections with lots of people canvassing and advertising their chosen candidate for mayor.

Unlike in the UK
- The elections are held on a Sunday

- During the voting time (until later this afternoon) and for a few hours afterwards you are not allowed to have public meetings, so our church service is being changed today to a 6pm start time

- There is a fine for not voting ( one which poor folk could certainly not afford) hence everybody votes!

- For the few days leading up to and one day after the elections shops stop selling alcohol.

I can't help wondering if we had such measures in the UK if the results of the elections would be different!

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