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Stories about Elections

25 April 2017

One Small Town's Referendum on Gold Mining Is a Big Victory for Citizen Participation in Macedonia

It was the first successful referendum since Macedonia gained independence 26 years ago.

How Alexey Navalny Abandoned Russian Nationalism

RuNet Echo

Alexey Navalny had to reinvent himself to take charge of the Russian opposition, but he may have given up his populist edge over Vladimir Putin, along the way.

21 April 2017

Marine Le Pen's Comments on the Vel d'Hiv Roundup During WWII Reawaken France's Painful Past

"The victims of #veldhiv have been pulled from eternal rest to serve as a tool in the electoral plot of infamous politicians without brains or morals."

16 April 2017

Voting Is Underway in Turkey's Referendum. What Is at Stake?

The rules of the game may be on the brink of changing in Turkey, in a way that could disproportionately favour the strongest player.

12 April 2017

Iran's Election Race Sees a Popular President Up Against Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Leader's Favourite Cleric

"In the name of God, I have got election stress. Conditions for moderates have now deteriorated."

5 April 2017

Netizen Report: Online Battles Break Out Amid Elections in Armenia and Ecuador

Global Voices Advocacy

LiveJournal bans "political solicitation" in Russia (its new home), Google contemplates a return to China, and Bangladesh's telecom regulator rejects a proposed Facebook bedtime ban.

Protests and Fraud Allegations Follow Ecuador's Presidential Election

"Dividing the country into two irreconciliable parts with a 50% split : Rafael Correa Delgado's greatest achievement."

4 April 2017

Ecuadorian Elections Marked by Website Outages, Twitter Suspensions

Global Voices Advocacy

Along with pro-opposition websites, some media rights groups saw a sharp decline in traffic on the evening of the election.

3 April 2017

Pre-Vote Shenanigans — And Fake News — Cloud Armenia's General Election

Global Voices Advocacy

The build up to #Armvote17 showcased a sample of the online tactics favoured by modern-day vote manipulators.

28 March 2017

Iranians See Arrests and Intimidation of Telegram Administrators and Journalists Ahead of the Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

Revolutionary Guards have previously attempted to limit Telegram's free flow of information with arrests for immoral or obscene content. This is the first time crackdowns have focused on political affiliation.

27 March 2017

Beijing's Favorite Carrie Lam Becomes Hong Kong's First Woman Leader With 777 Votes

She promised to "heal the divide" in her victory speech, but her win was met with protests by pro-democracy activists.

23 March 2017

Netizen Report: Why Did YouTube Censor Your Videos? You May Never Know.

Global Voices Advocacy

A Brazilian blogger is forced to identify his sources, Iran cracks down on speech pre-election, and Tunisia's Truth and Dignity Commission hears testimony from bloggers persecuted under Ben Ali.

Here's Why This Election Year in France Is Completely Unprecedented

People feel that the future is bleak and that the old recipes of established parties are not working.

16 March 2017

St. Petersburg Investigators Agree to Review Ballot Stuffing Allegations

RuNet Echo

It doesn't happen often in Russia, but police have agreed to investigate a case of potential voter fraud from last September's elections in St. Petersburg.

1 March 2017

Russian Ex-Mayor Campaigns to Create ‘Putin–Superhero’ Art Show

RuNet Echo

An ex-mayor ousted by one of Vladimir Putin’s close allies is now looking to crowdfund the creation of a museum called “Putin-Superhero.”

26 February 2017

Kenyans Get an Early Start on Their Summer Election Season

Kenyans don't go to the polls until Aug. 8, but election fever is already gripping the country. On Twitter, one trending hashtag is #NotWithMyVote.

25 February 2017

There's Talk That Beijing Could Override Hong Kong's Election Result If It Doesn't Like the Winner

“Does the election committee have any real power? What’s the point of having an election committee then?”

23 February 2017

Visit by France's Marine Le Pen Leaves Many Lebanese Unimpressed

Marine Le Pen was granted the honor of a State Visit in Lebanon. Here's how she spent it.

‘Pro-Russia’ Label Hounds Bulgaria's New President

"The whole theory that Radev is pro-Russia comes from his appeal to the EU to withdraw the sanctions against Moscow."

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."

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