Stories about Elections from November, 2010
Kyrgyzstan: The Zhogorku Kenesh Holds its First Session
Ekaterina informs the readers on the start of work of the Kyrgyzstan's newly elected Jogorku Kenesh. Importantly, this Legislature celebrates the first parliamentary republic in Central Asia.
Haiti: Will Elections Proceed?
Wadner Pierre says that as “Haiti prepares to hold controversial elections, natural disasters and disease may force the Haitians authorities to reschedule…”
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Election Date Set
Abeni announces: “It's official…Vincentians will vote on December 13th.”
Haiti: Interview with Aristide
Haitianalysis.com republishes excerpts from an interview with former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew to become Prime Minister again?
Singapore's Minister Mentor and former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew is rumored to be running again in the coming general elections. Kuan Yew is 87 years old.
Singapore General Election Portal
This portal contains manifestos, media releases, statements, and blogposts about the social, economic and political issues that will be raised in the next general election in Singapore next year.
Côte d'Ivoire: New song for presidential election
Museke posts a video of a new song “Voter” written specially for Côte d'Ivoire Presidential Election. The song is performed by Le Griot-Guére, Jackivoire, Soro Solo, and lead guitar by renowned Congolese guitarist Huit-kilos.
Sudan: Referendum preparations in jeopardy
As Sudanese and international actors scramble to pull together preparations for a vote that could allow South Sudan to secede, a quiet chorus of U.N., U.S., and Sudanese voices has emerged in the last month to raise awareness over the lack of funds for the important exercise.
D. R. of Congo: The New Universal Mantra
The new universal mantra in the Democratic Republic of Congo: “These people aren't taking any chances. They've already launched a presidential bid on behalf of Kabila and it's very ambitious: “To ensure the reelection of the Raïs in the first round of the presidential election of 2011.”
Puerto Rico: Government Solidifies Grip on The Supreme Court
For the first time in history, the pro-statehood National Progressive Party of Puerto Rico (NPP) has a majority of judges in the country's Supreme Court. The court, in a partisan 4-3 vote asked last week to increase the number of sitting judges to nine which could give the NPP a solid 6-3 majority in the court for years to come. The blogosphere and online media react.
Uganda: President's Rap Song
Ugandan President's own rap music: “In the case of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the bright yellow of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) is accompanied by a song that has become a national hit. It seems to be boosting his popularity among the youth…”
Czech Republic, Slovakia: “Teapartismus”
Dr. Sean's Diary writes about the Tea Party movement in the United States and the reported emergence of “Čajové dýchánky or teapartismus” in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Jordan: Tweets Cover Parliamentary Election Flaws
Jordanians went to the polls yesterday. As the voting continued, Twitter user Naseem Tawarnah provided up-to-the-minute updates of allegations of violence and voting fraud.
Taiwan: Reporting on Autumn Struggle 2010
The Annual Autumn Struggle(秋鬥) was held on 11/7 this year, more than 1000 people from various minority groups and social activists organizations-migrant workers, indigenous tribes, HIV+ patients, sex workers, environmentalists, and farmers deprived of their lands-joined the march together. CivilMedia's video report summarized demands from different groups[zht] while Coolloud's photo report captured...
Myanmar Election: Junta-backed party wins, violence erupts
After twenty years, elections were held in Myanmar and as expected the junta-backed party won with the Union Solidarity and Development Party getting more than 80 percent of the seats in parliament. But the opposition is claiming that the poll results were rigged.
Uganda: Do you need to stay in power after 24 years?
Evelyn discusses the decision by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to seek another term: “Many think 24 years is enough time for any able minded President to bring forth the agendas that you had for a nation and therefore move on and let others hold the candle from where you leave...
Taiwan: Two election rallies in Taipei
Taiwanese will vote in elections in five major cities on 27 November. Frozen Garlic observes two campaign rallies. The first for Eric Chu (朱立倫), the KMT candidate for Mayor of Xinbei City. The second for Liang Wen-chieh (梁文傑), a DPP candidate for Taipei City Council.
Brazil: Female Bloggers React to the Country's First Female President: Yes, She Can!
Dilma Rousseff is the first woman in a group of 35 Brazilian presidents, and will be the first Brazilian in an elite club of 17 female global leaders. What are female bloggers saying about it?
Jordan: To Vote, Or Not To Vote?
The Jordanian Twitter community debated the merits of voting or abstaining in the parliamentary elections to be held November 9, 2010.
Sudan: Will Africa give birth to a new nation in 2011?
Will Africa give birth to a new nation in 2011? Southern Sudan will hold an a referendum on whether or not it should remain as a part of Sudan on 9 January 2011 as part of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Khartoum central government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement. A simultaneous referendum will be held in Abyei on whether to become part of Southern Sudan.
Jafarova's blog [AZ] comments on the results of yesterday's parliamentary elections held in Azerbaijan which saw the ruling YAP party consolidate its grip on power in the oil-rich former Soviet republic. Considering the parliament as simply a body to rubber stamp decisions from the President's Office, the blog says that...