Monday, March 15, 2010

Votes in Qatar

Interesting first voting result in Qatar. A test vote of the question "is the CITES conference in Qatar" resulted that out of 92 countries in the room, only 54 voted yes. To be fair, it IS a tough question. I don't really know where I am, having spent most of the past three days in a windowless conference room. Does this bode well for actual species proposals? Plus, only 92 COUNTRIES? 175 countries are party to CITES. I understand there are only 120 or so parties actually registered (and Japan seems to have just about that many of their own delegates).

I also think there's going to be a bit of a Florida-type debacle when it comes to voting. On the voting panels (see picture) 2 = yes, 3 = no, 4 = abstain. Slightly confusing, as indicated by the vote above.

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