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Stories about Elections

18 February 2017

Controversial ‘Crashing Airplane’ Advertisement Stirs Serbian Presidential Elections Debate

"No one in political history has released a [campaign ad] showing he's ready to take citizens to their deaths if they don't do his bidding."

17 February 2017

Divisions and Danger Loom Ahead of Turkey's Upcoming Referendum

On social media, hundreds of "No" Facebook pages have popped up, with humour deployed in the face of strident state propaganda.

13 February 2017

Fake News to Be of Major Concern in French Presidential Election Campaign

Distinguishing between real and fabricated news will be challenge during the french election campaign.

Bulgaria's New President Vetoes Law That Would Have ‘Opened a Door to Corruption’

"The extension of the time limit to indefinite is a way to privatize services, rights and functions, which society guarantees to its citizens and therefore they are not for sale!"

8 February 2017

Deprived of Voting Rights, What Do Hong Kongers Think of the Chief Executive Race?

"It is about choosing puppets, because no matter who takes office, they will obey Beijing."

7 February 2017

Russian Political Panic Returns, As Putin Ponders Reelection in 2018

RuNet Echo

With Russia's next presidential election now just a year away, expect lots of strange, staged viral videos depicting a nation desperate to squeeze another term out of Vladmir Putin.

31 January 2017

A Legislative Proposal in Mexico Would Tie Political Parties’ Funding to Voter Turnout

"Cutting back where we should: public funding of parties so that it's linked to the vote and not the register."

30 January 2017

‘Operation Restore Democracy’ Raises Hopes and Demands Across Africa

Energized by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's ouster, Africans are now criticizing many of the region's international groups for failing to remove other “dictators.”

23 January 2017

Hardliners Pressuring Iran's President Rouhani to Ban Popular Telegram App, This Time for 2017 Election

Global Voices Advocacy

“This (the internet) isn’t freedom. It’s the worst kind of bondage. Polluted anti-religious networks are functioning in this country because the organizations in charge are not doing their jobs.”

13 January 2017

The Best of Latin American Info-Activism in 2016 (Part II)

The organization SocialTIC reviews 2016's most inspirational info-activist projects in Latin America.

Miniature Superhero Models Boost Jakarta Governor's Re-election Campaign in Indonesia

To show his support, a young Jakartan has created a miniature figure of Jakarta's controversial, famous governor.

12 January 2017

Kenyans Fear a Possible Internet Shutdown During 2017 Presidential Election

Global Voices Advocacy

Kenya would be not the first country in Africa to shut down its Internet during elections -- Uganda and The Gambia have already gone this far.

11 January 2017

Will 2017 Be a Year of Political Change in Angola? Most Think Not.

After 37 years in office is President José Eduardo dos Santos really going to step back from power, as he seemed to announce?

Hong Kongers Snap Protest Selfies With Government’s Palace Museum Project ‘Exhibition’

After a cultural project proceeds without public consultation and the government spends even more money on a television series to promote it, Hong Kongers stage acts of protest through selfies.

28 December 2016

Classic Christmas Carols, Satirically Reimagined as Songs About Hong Kong Politics

To the tune of Twelve Days of Christmas: "Causeway Bay’s boss bought a banned book. He was then arrested, convicted, forced to apologize and escorted to the Shenzhen police station."

23 December 2016

When They Censored Messaging Apps on Election Day, Montenegrin Regulators ‘Acted Legally’

Global Voices Advocacy

Political oppositionists and prominent members of the country's civil society say the government's crackdown on social media harmed Montenegro's freedom of expression at a time when it was most needed.

22 December 2016

Morbid Propaganda in Macedonia Takes Aim at Western Ambassadors

"The xenophobia has terrible consequences, doesn't it? Therefore, please stop spreading it!"

Activists Around the World Could Learn From Peru's History of Protest

Look to civil society's innovations in 1990s Peru, and activists around the world today could learn some vital lessons in resisting autocracy.

21 December 2016

Macedonia's Ruling Party Lashes Out at Civil Society After Contested Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

Flyers naming civil society members (so-called “traitors”) were distributed in the mailboxes and under windshield wipers throughout the capital, Skopje. Others were targeted on social media.

15 December 2016

Albanians From Macedonia Cross Ethnic Lines to Vote Against Ruling Parties

Ethnicity plays a big role in Macedonian politics, and Albanians are the country's second-largest ethnic community.

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