Stories about Elections from December, 2008
Politician bloggers in the Philippines
Filipino internet users are increasing every year. Majority of those who use the internet are reading blogs. It is not surprising that politicians and political parties in the Philippines are now bringing their campaigns in the internet.
Bolivia: National Electoral Court Under Exeni
Miguel Centellas of Pronto* examines the National Electoral Court under the leadership of José Luís Exeni, which”has become one of the most institutionalized instruments of the legal framework of Bolivia’s democracy.”
Bangladesh: Issues That Threaten The Election
Bdfacts compiles a list of things that could derail Bangladesh’s impending election.
Bangladesh: Alliance Of Convenience
An Ordinary Citizen comments on the regrouped political alliances in Bangladesh targeting the general election at the end of the month: “these are alliance of convenience to grab the power rather than alliance of ideologies.”
China: Peace Keeping Force At Village Election?
ESWN translated Liu Jinlong's blog post and local media report about a village election escorted by armed peace keeping force.
Jamaica: Looking Back
As the year draws to a close, Jamaica and the World looks back on the good, the bad and the ugly of 2008.
Dominica, U.S.A.: Political Strategies
As Dominicans prepare themselves to go to the polls in 2010, Chris at Dominica Weekly thinks that “there are many strategies that local political parties can adopt from the Obama presidential campaign.”
Fiji's military coup: Two years on
Fiji’s military coup hits its two-year anniversary, and bloggers around the region have spent the past few days gathering thoughts and opinions on the country’s past, present and future.
India: Interest in Mizo Elections.
Kima posting on the illusionaire blog announces the election results in Mizoram and talks about the high turnout and intense interest in the polls.
Haiti: Distorted View of Aristide
HaitiAnalysis.com republishes an article that claims “repeated false stories of corruption against President Aristide are part of a continuing disinformation campaign against him that began when he first took office in 1991.”
Twittering the Ghanaian Elections
While the use of Twitter has become quite popular in some countries, it is still a very new tool in other regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa. However, it has proven to be an efficient way to quickly share information in times of political changes such as yesterday's Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Ghana as shown by this Twitter roundup.
Latvia: Ruling party in trouble
Baltic comments on the potential for political crisis in Latvia, as news broke that Prime Minister Godmanis and his ruling LPP/LC party overstepped the legal threshold for campaign spending for the 2006 parliamentary elections.
Ghana: Choosing the lesser evil in the presidential elections
Jemila of Ghana Unite for Development comments on Ghana's development efforts in view of the upcoming presidential elections on December 7th. He appears pessimistic about the outcome: “I am not in the least bit confident in any result that this election might come to. All I can hope is that...
Venezuela: After the Municipal Elections
After the results of the recent municipal elections, Kira Kariakin of K-minos [es] cannot believe that President Hugo Chávez announced that he wants to remain in power.
Jamaica: The Agony of Defeat?
Jamaican Kadene Porter, writing at Abeng News Magazine, notices that women are often less than gracious “when it comes to conceding defeat in a political campaign.”
El Salvador: Internet Favoring a Particular Candidate
Fafa Monge asks his readers whether they think that using the internet will favor a particular presidential candidates in the upcoming elections in El Salvador [es]. Many seem to think that it will not.
Peru: Municipal Recall Elections
This Sunday, many Peruvians will vote in municipal recall elections, which will determine the fate of many elected officials based on their performance writes Juan Arellano of Globalizado [es].
Indonesia: Metaphorizing Obama
Indonesia Anonymus from Indonesia metaphorizes president-elect Barack Obama for the nation's governance: “… are [Indonesians] going to cling on to the same old divisive politics, same old status quo while at the same time happily cheering for America's Obama?”.
Romania: Election Results
An update on the results of the parliamentary election in Romania this past Sunday – at Corina Murafa: “Few Romanians left their cosy apartments for a trip to the ballot box (a bit less than 40% of them , to be more precise), and there’s worrisome statistics indicating that only...
Lithuania: Election Results
Lituanica writes about the parliamentary election results and re-posts a letter to the editors of the German Times regarding the publication's election coverage.
Pressure for Fiji
A visiting European Union delegation concludes that there is no reason why Fiji should not continue with the elections next year. There is also a need for more domestic pressure to implement political reforms in Fiji.