· October, 2011

Stories about Elections from October, 2011

Tunisia: A Crowdmap to Monitor the Elections

  23 October 2011

The Independent Tunisian electoral commission has set up a crowdmap to monitor the voting process in Tunisia, in French and Arabic. Citizens are encouraged to report irregularities they may witness during the October 23 constituent elections. The crowdmap is also accessible from the official homepage of the electoral commission.

Tunisia: It is Election Day!

  23 October 2011

Tunisians embark on an historic day today. It is election day where they will head to the polls to elect a national constituent assembly, which will be responsible for writing a new constitution, and forming a new government. Here are some thoughts from election eve.

Cameroon: An Open Letter to the President

  20 October 2011

An open letter to the President of Cameroon from opposition presidential candidate Ayah Paul Abine: “Mr. President, You would have known by now that of the seven candidates who signed the Yaounde Declaration demanding the cancellation of the recent presidential election, four are Anglophones and three are from the West...

Cameroon: Election Irregularities Noted by US Ambassador in Yaoundé

  20 October 2011

Robert Jackson, the United States (US) Ambassador in Cameroon, stated in a declaration made public by AFP [fr] that US observers of the October 9, 2011, presidential election noted “irregularities at every level” of the electoral process, and “technical difficulties by Elecam [Cameroonian Electoral Commission] in its management of the...

Bangladesh: EMV And Bangladesh Elections

  19 October 2011

An Ordinary Citizen reports that the introduction of electronic voting machine is drawing sharp criticism from the oppostion and they will oppose any attempt to introduce it in the next Bangladesh election.

France: Tunisian Diaspora Set to Vote

  19 October 2011

Tunisian residents in France will vote ahead of their compatriots, from Thursday, October 20, until Saturday, October 22, whereas polls in Tunisia open on Sunday 23 October. There are an estimated 600,000 Tunisians living in France. Les cahiers de la liberté (Notebooks of Freedom,) [fr, ar] has published a guide to the...

France: The Twittosphere Pokes Fun at the Presidential Election Campaign

  19 October 2011

As can be seen on social networking sites like Twitter, the 2012 presidential campaign is well and truly underway in France. The left wing Primaries have animated the media landscape over the last couple of weeks, and resulted in François Hollande being named the Socialist Party (PS) representative. On Twitter, many Trending topics make reference to the up coming elections and are provoking amused reactions.

Jamaica: New Prime Minister

  19 October 2011

Jamaican bloggers talk about the swearing-in of the country's new Prime Minister, which is scheduled to take place this Sunday.

Malaysia: #cleanbefore13 hashtag

  17 October 2011

The twitter hashtag #cleanbefore13 refers to the campaign to pressure the Malaysian government to implement immediate electoral reforms before the 2013 general elections.

Malaysia: Proposed Electoral Reforms

  17 October 2011

Bersih 2.0 is pressing the Malaysian government to implement eight electoral reforms in preparation for the next general elections. Bersih organized a massive demonstration last July which evolved into a formidable political reform movement.

Russia: Facebook Bots Massively Vote for Putin

RuNet Echo  17 October 2011

Russian online magazine “Slon” exposes [ru] significant increase in activity of Facebook fake accounts who vote for Putin in online opinion polls. The bots are active not only on Facebook but also on online media websites that allow to use Facebook profiles for voting.

Poland: Election Results Signal Imminent Generation Shift

  16 October 2011

Poland's parliamenary election results seemed to be a relief to many and a surprise to everybody. The current PM Donald Tusk has become the first Polish prime minister to be elected to a consecutive term, but the real dark horse of the election is the anticlerical and libertarian Janusz Palikot, whose party has gained 10 percent of votes.

Bolivia: A Judicial Election Without Campaigning

  16 October 2011

For the first time in its history, Bolivian citizens will elect judges and magistrates to five different courts and tribunals. However, this election also prohibited public campaigning causing many to wonder for whom to vote. Some also feel that the election is set up to benefit the ruling party, and plan to vote null as a way to send a message.

Zambia: Netizens Bay for Ex-President's Blood

  14 October 2011

When Zambia’s defeated president in the September 20 elections, Rupiah Banda said in his farewell speech that he never knowingly abused state funds but simply did what was best for Zambia, what citizens did not know was that the revelations and extent of the alleged abuse would come thick and fast.

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