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Talk gets intense as Elections draw close

Date Posted: 2004-07-01

Elections are now less than two weeks away, and candidates for the House of Council are on the stump, pitching their positions.

Last weekend saw the first Sunday campaign, with Socialist Party candidate Keiko Itokazu and Liberal Democratic Party favorite Masatoshi Onaga locking horns.

Both visited the Itoman City Haarii Festival, calling on dragon boat racing spectators to support them.

The election is July 20th, and much centers around the two leaders, although there’s a third candidate running too. Musician Shokichi Kina is taking part, running with the Peoples Socialist Party.

Itokazu and Onaga are the primary figures though, and they’re locked in a dead heat, fighting for an edge. They’re both out shaking hands with voters and asking as many people as they can for support.

Voters, however, appeared to be cooling down last weekend. Some cited the believe politicians don’t keep their promises, and that some do bad things. Officials say the number of citizens turning out to vote continues to drop each year.

Another phenomenon affecting the race is that voters are changing their minds about voting for an individual, and not staying strictly along party lines.

Onaga is campaigning on the theme the economy is growing and working, and for voters to give it a chance to generate new jobs. Itokazu argues that a peaceful life in a natural environment is the key, and that “Americans need to go away. We don’t need war.”

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