Stories about Elections from October, 2009
Ukraine: Swine Flu (and Some Election Politics)
On Oct. 30, after a few days of alarming reports on an outbreak of respiratory illness in western Ukraine, the first swine flu-related death was confirmed, and PM Tymoshenko ordered Ukraine's schools closed and public gatherings banned for at least three weeks.
Russia: “Twitter Against Tyrants”
Oleg Kozlovsky links to and quotes from the text of a briefing held by US Helsinki Commission/Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, which included “a few recent examples of how we utilized Web 2.0 to spread information about electoral fraud” in Russia.
Egypt: The top 10 most influential people
Gamal Mubarak, son of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak -- who is expected to succeed his father -- was among the 2009 TIME 100 Finalists. Egyptian bloggers have their say in this post.
Uruguay: Two Plebiscites Fail to Pass
On the same day as the Presidential elections in Uruguay, voters did not pass two plebiscites that would have given Uruguayans abroad the right to vote and the annulment of the Law of Expiration.
Barbados: Party Leader
“We have had some exciting days in Barbadian national politics”: Living in Barbados blogs about the power struggle in the opposition BLP party.
Martinique: Debating over the statutory change
Martinican MontrayKreyol discusses the popular debates [Fr] over the change of institutional status of Martinique as a French overseas department.
Mozambique: Expectations toward the '09 elections
For the first time, Mozambique simultaneously hosts presidential, legislative and provincial parliament elections, the latter are the first in the history of the country.
Uruguay: Presidential Election Heads for Runoff
The Uruguayan President election is heading to a runoff to take place on November 29, as no candidate reached the needed 50% + 1 mark during the first round held on October 25.
Morocco: A (Fake) Interview with Ben Ali
Moroccan blogger Al Miraat posts a (fake) interview conducted with Tunisian president Ben Ali.
Myanmar: PM Said Electoral Law Coming “Very Soon”
The Irrawaddy reported that Myanmar Prime Minister said that his government would soon announce an electoral law for 2010 Elections.
Tunisia elections: Fairness and Impartiality !!?
Tunisian President Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali won a fifth term with 89.62 per cent of the over all votes. His party, the Democratic Constitutional Rally won 161 out of 214 parliament seats. Tunisian bloggers have their say in this post.
Trinidad & Tobago: Politics & Race
“When it comes to race in politics, Trinidad and Tobago has a colourful past”: Taran Rampersad thinks it's time for a change.
Afghanistan: Who will benefit from re-vote?
Nick Fielding assumes that no-one except the insurgents would benefit from the re-run of presidential elections, because the whole election process is now mired by corruption allegations.
Uruguay: Following Tabaré Vásquez
Uruguay's election is scheduled for October 25 and Juan Cruz Díaz of Americas Quarterly [es] wonders who will lead the country after outgoing President Tabaré Vásquez, who Díaz writes “was a successful governor” and cites some of his accomplishments, such as the implementation of the Ceibal Plan.
Thailand: Local elections
Andy links to two blog posts which provide commentaries on local elections in Thailand. The first post highlights the prevalence of vote buying in communities while the other post sees hope in the conduct of local elections.
India: Maharashtra Assembly Election Results
Offstumped site for Assembly Elections 2009 is live blogging the results of the Maharashtra Assembly Election in India.
Namibia: Introducing Namibia election bloggers
Namibia will hold presidential and national assembly elections on 27 and 28 November 2009. A number of Namibian journalists will use blogs to report and monitor the elections. We are introducing these new election bloggers to you.
Russia, Ukraine: A Georgian Politician's View
Window on Eurasia highlights a Georgian politician's view on the relations between Russia and Ukraine.
Russia: More on the Recent Election
A discussion of last Sunday's local elections in Russia – at Sean's Russia Blog.
Ukraine: Child Rape and Politics
Ukrainiana reports on a controversial child molestation case, the details of which were leaked right before the official start of the presidential election campaign: “How much of this accounts for a smear campaign and how much portrays a shocking case of sexual child abuse remains to be seen.”
ICT4D: When mobile phones link with computers
In the second of three posts, we ask: How are new technologies changing the field of ICT4D? Will linking computers to portable phones benefit human development in the developing world?