· March, 2009

Stories about Elections from March, 2009

Student Elections in Nepal

  24 March 2009

Last week Nepalese students exercised their democratic rights. Student elections were held at public universities and colleges campus throughout the country. Private institutions do not hold elections. The call to include them in the process has been growing over the years but fearing vapid political interference in college environment, private...

Indian Premier League Cricket In Africa?

  23 March 2009

Srikanth Mangalam at i3j3Cricket is outraged at the news that this years Indian Premier League Cricket will be played in South Africa: “Yes, all this drama regarding security is all about protecting the politicians during their (election) campaigns. It has nothing to do with protecting the citizenry.”

Ukraine: Ternopil Regional Council Election

  22 March 2009

Regional council election in the western Ukrainian region of Ternopil took place on March 15, following much political drama and resulting in the victory of an ultra-nationalist party and poor performance of the prime minister's bloc. Below are views of several Ukrainian bloggers on the possible reasons for such an outcome.

India's First Digital Elections

  22 March 2009

The world's largest democracy, India, goes to elections starting April 16, 2009. The month long general elections to the 15th Lok Sabha will be held in five phases on April 16, April 22, April 23, April 30, May 7 and May 13, and the results will be announced on May 16. In the first post of Global Voices special coverage on the Indian Elections 2009 we highlight the use of internet and mobile technologies in the election campaign.

Dominica, Antigua & Barbuda: Migrant Vote

  20 March 2009

“The Caribbean migrant vote was a key factor in the recent Antigua and Barbuda general election. And with Dominica’s general elections just around the corner, the whole issue of the migrants vote will definitely raise some political eyebrows”: Dominica Weekly discusses the issue.

Azerbaijan: Referendum results

  19 March 2009

Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines says that the votes from yesterday's controversial referendum in Azerbaijan have now been counted. The blog sarcastically remarks on the high turnout and approval rate for the changes to the constitution and says that friends advise being patient for change to come. However, the blogger...

Azerbaijan: Bloggers react to controversial referendum

  19 March 2009

Yesterday Azerbaijan went to the polls to vote on amendments to the country's constitution less than six months after its president, Ilham Aliyev, won re-election to a second term in office. With the changes — and especially one lifting the two-term limit on the presidency — stirring up controversy from the very beginning, local and foreign bloggers alike comment on the conduct and outcome of the referendum.

Azerbaijan: Voting

  18 March 2009

Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines details voting in today's referendum to amend the constitution in Azerbaijan. Although most consider the result a foregone conclusion, the blogger explains why she decided to vote.

China:Parliament ridiculed for its fancy proposals

  17 March 2009

The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the nation's parliament of more than 2,000 delegates, ended in Beijing on 12, March, with pledges to help maintain steady and relatively speedy economic development in 2009.  Top national leaders such as Hu Jingtao, Premier Wen Jiabao were present at the closing ceremony. (Xinhua)...

El Salvador: Blogger Reactions to Mauricio Funes Victory

  17 March 2009

Various blogs from El Salvador posted their reactions to the news of the victory by FMLN candidate Mauricio Funes in the March 15 Presidential election with 51% of the vote. Funes, a former television journalist, ends nearly two decades of rule by the ARENA party and brings FMLN into power, which is a party that was built by former guerrilla fighters after a peace deal ended armed conflict in that country. Guest blogger Hunnapuh collects some of these viewpoints.

Azerbaijan: A strange country

  17 March 2009

On the eve of tomorrow's constitutional referendum to remove the two-term presidential limit, Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines says her country is “strange.” On the one hand, as a bridge between East and West, Azerbaijan has a lot going for it. On the other, however, it continues to experience significant...

El Salvador: Mission Completed in Election

  16 March 2009

Morrisoned of Hunnapuh [es] writes “Mission Completed” with the news of the election of Mauricio Funes for the presidency of El Salvador and writes that the country “defeated fear, defeated fraud, defeated terror.”

Antigua & Barbuda: Election Lessons

  16 March 2009

playing with ink is glad the Antigua election is over, but still has a few nagging questions: “How much has been spent and wasted in this election campaign and how much difference could we have made to the lives of our most vulnerable with it?”

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