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Stories about Elections

13 March 2019

What do we know about Mozambique's next general elections?

In October 2019, Mozambique will elect provincial governors for the first time in its history. Previously, they were nominated by the president.

12 February 2019

Nigeria's presidential elections — a test for democracy in Africa

"If the upcoming presidential election in Africa’s most populous country are free, fair and credible, it sets a strong example for the continent’s other democracies."

11 February 2019

Every vote counts? Tackling voter apathy and low voter turnout in Nigeria's national elections

Will every vote count in Nigeria's 2019 national elections? Voters are the missing link to a strong democracy. Understanding voter apathy is key to successful elections.

9 February 2019

Nigerian governor warns foreign governments: Interfere in our elections and ‘go back in body bags’

"Time after time, El-Rufai continues to betray a dangerous mindset. This vile and abhorrent language should be condemned by all."

7 February 2019

Netizen Report: Philippine news outlet faces ‘cyber libel’ charges

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Philippines DOJ takes another swing at Rappler news site, Facebook tackles disinformation in Indonesia and Russia moves to outlaw fake news.

For the first time, transgender candidates will run for seats in Bangladesh's National Parliament

"There is no one from our community who can understand and raise our concerns. That is why we are running for the seats."

6 February 2019

‘No-confidence’ vote upheld by Guyana's courts

On January 31, 2019, Guyana's acting chief justice ruled in favor of the opposition coalition's 'no confidence' vote. New presidential elections will be called in March.

Victory predicted for Nigeria's top presidential opposition candidate amidst corruption allegations

A poll yielded a twelve percent positive vote differential for opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar over the incumbent Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16 Nigerian presidential election.

1 February 2019

With tensions rising ahead of 2019 presidential elections, Nigerians fear internet shutdown

Advox

The use of social media to call attention to the government's violations and illegal actions have led to fears that of online censorship in upcoming elections.

31 January 2019

Netizen Report: How Venezuela’s political crisis is playing out online

Advox

As Venezuelans continue to face internet censorship, Turkmenistan is blocking Google Play, Lebanon is blocking Grindr and Brazil is chipping away at is FOI law.

27 January 2019

Guinea has struggled under President Condé, but Russia backs his quest for a third term

"The question of political succession is a question of sovereignty. And sovereignty belongs to the people. It is not part of an ambassador's role to dictate Guinea's fate."

Nigeria's retired military generals battle for influence in 2019 presidential elections

Olusegun Obasanjo, former military head of state and later Nigeria’s democratically elected president, has consistently criticized successive governments in Nigeria.

How will propaganda shape Nigeria's 2019 presidential elections?

"Propaganda may help you win elections but [it] can’t help you govern," said former Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck about recent campaign tactics.

24 January 2019

Old age, hate speech, press freedom: Critical issues in Nigeria's 2019 presidential elections

Amid the cacophony of Nigeria's electoral campaigns — both online and offline — here are the key issues that may get lost in the noise in this year's elections.

18 January 2019

Correspondence between Arundhati Roy and Shahidul Alam shares resilience and hope

"...the tide will turn, and the nameless, faceless people will rise. They will rise against the entire state machinery."

What's wrong with mainstream media's interpretation of Taiwan's referendum results?

Taiwan just finished its location election and ten referendums on Nov 24, but there are still some misunderstandings about the results in mainstream media.

17 January 2019

Meet Nigeria's presidential candidates of 2019

The race is on for Aso Rock — the seat of Nigeria's presidency. Meet the 2019 presidential candidates.

16 January 2019

Netizen Report: Zimbabwe’s internet goes dark amid protests, nationwide strike

Advox

The update from Zimbabwe, plus: China fines VPN users, Cuba is censoring SMS messages and Iranian officials plan to block Instagram.

Is the Nigerian government gagging the judiciary ahead of presidential elections in February?

"Under Buhari, the press has been silenced. The labour and trade unions, silenced. The civil society organisations, silenced. Public intellectuals, silenced. The judiciary, silenced."

15 January 2019

Venezuela's crisis of political legitimacy has rocked Wikipedia — and might have led to its blocking

Advox

Venezuelan Wikipedians are at war over a question rattling the country: Who has legitimate claim to the presidency?

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