While Darth Vader may be running for president in Ukraine, he's clearly not au fait with the rules of voting just yet – a possible consequence of spending a lot of time shooting the new Star Wars film. Does he have his priorities straight?
Darth Alekseyevich Vader, formerly known as Viktor Shevchenko, is the leader of the Internet Party of Ukraine and formally announced his bid for presidency in April. However, the parliamentary candidate's refusal to remove his mask caused something of an issue.
The Telegraphreports that Vader became embroiled in a dispute with election officials upon arriving to cast his vote. "Here is my face on the passport," he said. "Where does the law say that I have to take off my mask?"
Officials were unimpressed and stood their ground: Vader would not be allowed to vote. Seemingly unmoved by the decision, Vader bullishly maintained afterwards that his empire could still triumph at elections, although his promise to increase parliamentary transparency has been somewhat compromised by his unwillingness to show his face.
Russia Today posted this Vine of Vader snatching his passport from an official:
The Sith Lord promised to replace human beings with computers in Parliament, saying that the deputies had "proven their uselessness – computers will work in their place and they will fulfil their functions without cease".
The Internet Party of Ukraine has become known for its high-profile media stunts, although political experts have predicted that the party has little chance of making an impact in the upcoming elections.
Early indications are that pro-Western parties will dominate the polls, which are the first to be held since Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February. It remains to be seen what the future holds in politics for a tyrannical cyborg from outer space who doesn't dare show his face.