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Stories about Elections

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.

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.

A Son of Indian Billionaire ‘Resides’ in a Modest Post-Communist Building in Macedonia

Indian billionaire son's residence in Skopje -- and whether or not he actually resides there -- has brought up questions of corrupt ties to the former ruling party of Macedonia.

28 October 2017

Kyrgyz Media Outlet's Report Shows President-Elect's Campaign Gained Access to Private Data

"What we have shown is that government servers that process and handle the data of citizens of Kyrgyzstan … was hosting an election campaign website that was collating similar data."

21 October 2017

How One Verification Team Worked to Debunk Misleading Information About the Japanese Election

"Hey, non-Japanese are not prohibited from participating in Japanese elections, okay? I wonder why they do it. Does it feel good to spread such false rumors?"

‘Super Typhoon’ Threatens Japan, Japanese Elections

A "super typhoon"--equivalent to a category five hurricane--is threatening Japan and the country's general election.

19 October 2017

Balkan Pride Parades Highlight Growing Support for LGBT Rights (and Politicians Are Taking Notice)

Serbia's openly gay prime minister became the 'first head of government to attend a Balkan Pride event.' Cynics see her appointment, however, as a move to impress the European Union.

17 October 2017

One Activist's Vision of a Feminist Democracy for Catalonia

"I would like to continue thinking that I tried to create a revolution in the best way I knew how."

13 October 2017

The Viral Video that Sent Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan Relations into a Tailspin

Seasoned autocrat Nursultan Nazarbayev is finally participating in a competitive presidential election. (Just not in his own country).

Netizen Report: Free Speech Is Under Fire in Catalonia’s Push for Independence

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9 October 2017

In a Polarized Spain, What Does It Mean to Be Spanish?

"To be Spanish is not to carry the flag, nor is it to furiously shout phrases of hate that I hope you don't feel."

2 October 2017

Misleading Headline Sparks Row Between Jamaica's Press Association Head and Prime Minister’s Office

How a question, a response and an inaccurate headline caused an impasse between the Jamaican government and the media, while netizens fear the underlying issue remains unaddressed.

15 September 2017

Adopted Georgian Journalist Launches Bid for City Assembly in Capital Tbilisi

"The problems of Saburtalo – chaotic construction, urban transport and lack of green cover – are the problems of the city as a whole."

10 September 2017

#TheOccupation of Wikipolitics: A Collective Commitment to Democratic Reinvention in Mexico

"We're convinced that this new way of doing politics, fair, in solidarity, respectful, generous and joyful, has to get to every corner of this country".

30 August 2017

Provisional Election Results Show Angola's Longtime Ruling Party Is Staying Put

On 23 August, more than 9 million Angolans were called to elect the new president.

15 August 2017

Reformist Members of Iran's Parliament Push to Free Green Movement Leaders Under House Arrest

Reformist members of Iran’s Parliament have established the Committee to Seek an End to House Arrests following the recent hospitalization of 79-year-old political opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi.

9 August 2017

Jokes, Hashtags and Fake News: The Story of Social Media in Kenya's Closely Contested Election

This year’s campaign has made history as the most affected by the spread of fake news, a recent study showed.

5 August 2017

Angolan Activists Create a Platform To Monitor Presidential Elections

"...All of us complain of malpractice and electoral irregularities, so it is necessary that everybody acts as election monitors and remains alert."

31 July 2017

Crisis in Maldives Parliament: Rejection of the ‘No-Confidence Motion’ Sparks Lockdown

The country is tilting toward authoritarianism as growing accusations mount against President Yameen for silencing dissent and imprisoning political opponents including former President Nasheed, under allegedly made up charges.

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