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Stories about Elections

20 March 2018

Anti-Islam TV Spot in the Netherlands Has Dutch Calling for More Love, Less Hate

"Everyday we need to tell each other that their hatred will be defeated by the intrinsic need for peace; to live together; not to hate each other; but to love."

3 March 2018

The 2018 Lebanese Elections: What Led to Them?

Many are now wondering whether independent parties have a chance in the upcoming Lebanese elections, but nothing can be certain when it comes to politics in Lebanon.

1 March 2018

Russian Authorities Are Trying Really Hard to Boost Turnout in the Upcoming Election, Good Taste Be Damned

RuNet Echo

"There's no doubt about the importance they’re attaching to the turnout...The money poured into this campaign is being squandered, because these campaign ads are cooked up by amateurs, not professionals."

23 February 2018

One Country, Two Leaders and Four Censored TV Channels: Kenya's Political Crisis Takes a Toll on Human Rights


The illusion of an independent Kenyan media that is free from state interference has evaporated.

21 February 2018

As Leaders Step Down, a Cautious Hope Rises on the African Continent

The Bridge

After the resignation of Zuma and Desalegn, "the mood on the continent is one of hope, on the one hand, and of palpable restraint and scepticism on the other."

10 February 2018

After Alleged Election Fraud and Protests, Honduran Congress Moves to Regulate Hate Speech Online


Hondurans fear censorship as congress debates Internet and social media regulation.

6 February 2018

Kenyan TV Networks Censored for Airing Symbolic ‘Swearing In’ of Opposition Leader Raila Odinga


When Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga was symbolically—if not legally—sworn in as the "people's president" on January 30, three major broadcasting networks were unplugged by the Government of Kenya.

2 February 2018

Burundi's Opposition Says Only ‘Yes’ Campaigning Is Allowed on Referendum to Extend President’s Rule

"The launch of the project to bury...the constitution by Nkurunziza is a declaration of war on the Burundian people. Between Nkurunziza and the Burundian people who will win?"

Gambian University Instructor Detained for Newspaper Interview, Then Released


"We voted for a change of SYSTEM. NOT JUST a President."

1 February 2018

Hong Kong Legislative Candidate's Disqualification Is Criticized as ‘Anti-Human Rights’

"...the Decision has used political opinion or affiliation as a ground to deprive her of the right to stand for election – which is unreasonable, unlawful and unconstitutional."

27 January 2018

Polarized by Populism, Czech Society Braces for a Second Round of Presidential Elections

The election has driven ardent debates among citizens on and offline. As a parliamentary republic, the president has very limited executive powers, yet the election has polarized the nation.

24 January 2018

Would Amnesty for Drug Kingpins Achieve Peace in Mexico? Depends Who You Ask

A presidential candidate proposes amnesty as a solution to Mexico's internal conflict. Such a proposition is not novel in the region -- nor is the controversy it sparks.

30 December 2017

Brazil Introduces Tougher Regulations on ‘Fake News’ Ahead of 2018 Elections


A committee with members of the army, the federal police, and the Brazilian Intelligence Agency will monitor and possibly order the blocking of false news reports on social media.

16 December 2017

Honduran Electoral Controversy Resolved, but the Crisis is Far from Over

"The people are in the streets because they can’t take it anymore. Because they denied people their rights."

11 December 2017

Audrey Azoulay, the Second Woman at the Head of the UNESCO

She won the title after five voting rounds, with 30 votes in her favor against 28 votes for her opponent Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawari, from Qatar

4 December 2017

Russians Are Unimpressed With the 2018 Presidential Election Logo (and Have Ideas for Improvement)

RuNet Echo

So far, the logo challenge has been the most exciting part of the campaign where Putin is expected to run and win even by his most vocal opponents.

16 November 2017

“Cementazo” Scandal Tarnishes Costa Rican Presidential Election

The "cementazo", roughly translated as "huge cement blow", is a corruption case tarnishing the presidential election in one of the most institutionally stable countries in Latin America.

9 November 2017

One Nation, One Tax: The Impact of India's Goods and Services Tax

The Indian government deems the newly implemented Goods and Services Tax a success, but many small businesses have been adversely affected and protests are mounting.

3 November 2017

Data and Democracy: What Role Did Cambridge Analytica Play in Kenya's Elections?


The data analysis company that helped Donald Trump's campaign claim victory in the US is working with Kenya's ruling party.

30 October 2017

Jamaican Prime Minister’s Barefoot Campaigning Inspires Laughs—and Questions About Infrastructure

Despite the showmanship involved in the campaigning in a key constituency in an important Jamaican by-election, netizens wonder whether anything will actually change after the votes are in.

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