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· April, 2006

Stories about Elections from April, 2006

DRC: T.I. Petition & Elections Debate

  30 April 2006

“Master of the Universe,” a threat to Kabila? By Etienne Ngandu Today UDPS Liege echoes an AFP article announcing the presidential election will take place July 30. The election was postponed for a year last June and the July 30 date is later than the June 30 deadline mandated by...

Mexico: Debate Didn't Change Voters’ Decisions

  28 April 2006

Two polls taken after this week's presidential debate show Felipe Calderón as the winner despite bloggers’ insistence that it was Patricia Mercado who left in best shape. Another poll, however, reveals that 90% of those surveyed did not consider changing their vote after viewing the debate. For more numbers from...

Landing at the Iraqi Blogodrome

Iraqi bloggers pose something of puzzle for the mainstream media. The quality of the writing is good and bloggers sometimes have better news than their own reporters. But how do you use it? Some have the right idea and report what the bloggers are saying. This Associated Press article was...

DRC: UDPS Predicts “Electoral Comedy”, “Terror”

  27 April 2006

UDPS Liege discourages (FR) the Congolese from taking part in the upcoming “electoral comedy” unless of course certain conditions are met. They predict that “Joseph Kabila will be elected on the first round with 72%. He will be protected by European Union and MONUC [UN Mission to the DR of...

Belarus: Milinkevich Arrested and Sentenced

  27 April 2006

Belarus bloggers react to the news of Aleksandr Milinkevich's arrest: Andrei Khrapavitski points out that “today practically all the key names of the Belarusian oppositions have appeared on prison rolls;” TOL's Belarus Blog sees this as “the biggest test for Belarusian people after the falsified presidential election;” and br23 blog...

Russia: American Votes For Yavlinsky

  27 April 2006

Raffi Aftandelian of maaskva: nashimi glazami writes (in English and in Russian, as always) about an American who went to the polling station instead of her apolitical Russian friend and voted for Grigoriy Yavlinsky: “I think even if given the chance I would never have voted for Yavlinsky. I was...

Singapore Election meme

  27 April 2006

There is no ban on blogging and podcasting in Singapore during the elections but the authorities warn against publishing anything that "persistently promotes a certain political view, or political party". Bloggers are slowing their output just to play safe and not wanting to inadvertently publish any content that might get...

Peru: Looking to the Second Round

  26 April 2006

Patrice explains the en vogue Peruvian saying, “it now remains to choose between AIDS and cancer.” Boz cites a new poll which has Alan Garcia leading Ollanta Humala in the second round presidential elections.

Peru: An Alliance Against Humala?

  26 April 2006

With more than 99% of the vote counted it is clear that Ollanta Humala will face Alan Garcia in the second round presidential elections. Un Lobo en Peru mentions a column by Mario Vargas Llosa calling for an alliance between APRA and Unidad Popular to defeat Ollanta. Fabiola Bazo of...

Elections’ Race Between “Two Lefts”

  25 April 2006

The official announcement of Teodoro Petkoff’s candidacy turned Venezuela 2006 presidential race on. Since April 20th, when the announcement was made, the Venezuelan political debate has been focused on what the editor of daily newspaper Tal Cual has to offer to the voters. Venezuelan bloggers have been debating Petkoff’s announcement...

King wants the courts to resolve Thai election deadlock

  25 April 2006

BangkokPundit links to Thai newspaper stories that have the Thai king declaring that he will not intervene to appoint a prime minister. The king is asking the country's top courts to help resolve the deadlock. Even after two rounds of elections there is no clear winner as boycotts have led...

Czech Republic: Unie Svobody and the June Election

  24 April 2006

Douglas Arellanes writes about the unlikely “first moves in the relaunch of the Unie Svobody (Freedom Union), the right of center party that is still in the governing coalition along with the Social Democrats and the Christian Democrats”: their posters, their slogans and their site, as well as potential problems...

Haitian Blogger Yon Ayisyen: “I'm No Revolutionary Hero”

  24 April 2006

Yon Ayisien (whose name means “A Haitian”) blogs at Ayisyen Sa Nap Regle? (“What's Up Haitians? ” in Creole) and might as well be renamed HaitiPundit. He is the only Haiti-based Haitian blogger who blogs about politics and his blogging wit and vision is surprising for a 25 year-old. Though...

Bangladesh Blog Buzz:

  24 April 2006

Shuvo Nobobarsho (Happy Bengali New Year) to everyone. Let us take a look into what the Bangladeshi blogs around the world are saying lately.

Election waste in Thailand

  24 April 2006

Zeerlhing in Thailand worries about the money being wasted in organising elections after elections in Thailand. Nevertheless, she is excited about getting the chance to vote. The second round of elections too faced boycott from the opposition parties. Several of the Thai Rak Thai party candidates ran unopposed but failed...

Belarus: Meaning of EU Sanctions

  21 April 2006

TOL's Belarus Blog considers the EU's introduction of entry bans for 30 Belarusian officials slightly more than a symbolic move: it “won’t bring about a revolution, but in situations like that it will help to provide publicity to Belarusian situation, serve as a reminder to the public — those guys...

DRC: UDPS Reiterates Political Muscle

  21 April 2006

In a post titled “UDPS is Congolese Political Gold”, UDPS Liege writes (FR) “we are the depositaries of democracy in our country. […] UDPS has not agreed to any alliances with the political parties that use our name. […] The real UDPS is preparing for a final assault on June...

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