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· September, 2015

Stories about Elections from September, 2015

27 September 2015

Greece’s Latest Transport Deputy Minister Was Too Racist, Homophobic, and Anti-Semitic to Keep His Job

The reason for the sudden ouster were revelations that, over the past two years, Kammenos published on a now-deactivated Twitter account, @portaporta ("door-to-door"), several racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic remarks.

26 September 2015

A Series of Outrageous Events Fuels Catalans’ Distrust Before Historic Election on Independence

The Catalan people's distrust towards the Spanish government has been exacerbated by several unfortunate public faux-pas in the weeks prior to Catalonia's regional "independence" election on September 27.

24 September 2015

‘With the Support of the Lord': On the Campaign Trail in Ex-Soviet Central Asia's Only Democracy

Campaigning ahead of Kyrgyzstan's October 4 parliamentary vote proves that democracy is a messy business.

22 September 2015

3 Keys to Understanding the Burkina Faso Coup

Learn who is behind the coup, what this has to do with upcoming elections and why all eyes are on citizen movements' reactions to the crisis.

As Election Draws Near, Myanmar Turns to Social Media at Democratic Turning Point

The election is widely seen as a test of the government's willingness to hold a clean election, and as an important step in the country's transition to a modern democracy.

21 September 2015

New Mobile App Helps Belarusians to Keep an Eye on Violations in Presidential Election

RuNet Echo

The creators of "Vochy" hope the mobile app helps broaden Belarusian citizens' knowledge of their voter rights and provides an opportunity to quickly report election violations to independent observers.

20 September 2015

Surprise Swings Lead to Landslide Victory for Singapore's Ruling Party

Singapore's ruling party, which has been in power since 1959, clinched a landslide victory in the recent general election. Many were surprised by the results.

18 September 2015

In Myanmar, Election Candidates Chase Votes Via ‘Likes’

Yen Snaing from The Irrawaddy writes how election candidates in Myanmar are using Facebook to get the support of voters.

14 September 2015

Shayloo-Jayloo: A Film Straight from the Heart of Kyrgyz Life

All politics is local, and a film about the very local politics of a Kyrgyz village has spurred a crowd-funding campaign ahead of elections on October 4.

10 September 2015

Outgoing Trinidad & Tobago Government Says Election Results Illegitimate. Voters #ROTFL.

Trinidad and Tobago has a history of fair elections, free from interference or violence. No wonder voters were amused by the outgoing government claiming the results are null and void.

8 September 2015

Calls for Vigilance and Participation as Trinidad & Tobago Gets A New Government

After decades of voting out consecutive governments over corruption allegations, Trinidad and Tobago might finally have received the message that citizen involvement is what is needed to improve governance.

Predictions for an Opposition Party Win in Trinidad & Tobago's General Elections

Digital Campaigning on Election Day Irritates Trinidad & Tobago Voters

Trinidad and Tobago's ruling party may have exploited a loophole in the Representation of the People Act to continue campaigning via digital media on election day.

7 September 2015

Whatever the Weather, Trinidad & Tobago Is Voting

To paraphrase one Trinidad and Tobago voter, "Rain doesn't keep us from partying, it can't keep us from voting."

Election Day Has Begun in Trinidad & Tobago

"Today is the day Trinidad and Tobago. The country is in your hands..."

Will Singapore Vote for Continuity or Change?

"We’re also seeing a significant slice of the younger generation who feel that change is necessary,"

4 September 2015

Alan Kurdi's Death Forces Canada to Confront Its Commitment to Helping Syrian Refugees

"As a grandfather, it's unbearable to see the image of that little body on a beach. Canada must act. Let’s not wait any longer."

3 September 2015

Zambia's First Lady Faces Accusations of Being a Political ‘Santa Claus’

Opposition leader Edith Nawakwi alleged that Esther Lungu was using the donations and tours in rural Zambia to campaign for her husband ahead of the 2016 presidential and general elections.

2 September 2015

Are Term Limits and Mandatory Political Changeover Really in the Interest of African Nations?

The Bridge

In countries with few leading figures capable of securing the role of head of state, constitutionally mandated political changeover can be a real constraint on the political process.

1 September 2015

On the Ground in Russia's Only Free Election This September

RuNet Echo

Olga Borisova, a volunteer for the democratic opposition in Russia's only open regional contest this fall, talks about working in Russian elections today.

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