The Park’s Department of Political Administration has reported a decrease of 17% in the number of Form 12 submissions this year.
“We are seeing this as a positive, even though we are not yet sure what accounts for the decrease,” said DPA spokesAnimal Antoinette Fourmi.
“Either it signals an increased willingness by Park Animals to participate in their government or it is a consequence of a shift in population numbers. Naturally, we hope the former is the case,” she said at a press conference this morning.
Form 12 is used by Animals to request exemption from the lottery that is held each January for the purpose of choosing the 35 Archons who will form that year’s government (this process is also known as sortition).
According to the rules of zoocracy, all adult Park citizens must confirm their eligibility to stand as candidates for Archon by the end of October. Illness constitutes the only exception to this rule; Animals who are ill and who believe they would be unable to fulfil their duties as Archon due to their illness are required to advise the DPA of their circumstances by submitting a Form 12.
The growing number of Form 12 submissions had become “worrisome,” Fourmi admitted. Last year, the DPA released a report that claimed an increasing number of Animals were feigning illness to avoid having their names entered in the annual lottery.
“There is no doubt we appeared to be moving in the wrong direction, but I think we may have turned a corner,” the DPA spokesAnimal said regarding this year’s figures.