Stories about Elections from November, 2010
Brazil-Russia: more than just good luck
Robert Amsterdam discusses the similarities between Russia and Brazil while analyzing the electoral victory of Dilma Rousseff and the challenges for her new government.
Azerbaijan: Electoral fraud reported during Parliamentary elections
Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines comments on today's parliamentary election in Azerbaijan. Despite media reports highlighting widespread voter apathy, the general mistrust in the election process is backed up by the blog referring to multiple examples of electoral fraud and violations.
Tanzania: First Albino in Parliament
Tanzanians elect first Albino Member of Parliament: “The elected Member of Parliament is Mr. Salum Khalfani Bar’wani from the opposition Cuf party. Mr Bar’wani said he was thankful to the voters in Lindi Urban, in the remote south-east of the country, for choosing him and that it shows Albino are...
Africa: Africa needs to change voting system
Africa needs to embrace new technologies to run elections: “Furthermore, Africans have recently wondered why their countries don’t adopt the voting system such as those in the West where results are often announced within 48 hours. We have greatly embraced technologies such as the mobile phones, money transfer, etc…why not...
Myanmar election map
The Democratic Voice of Burma has set-up an election map to monitor election-related events, protests, cases of violence in Myanmar. Elections will be held on November 7.
Bangladesh: Our Own Obama
“He has surprising similarity with an ordinary Bangladeshi man in the street, no one can absolutely make any mistake about his Bnagladeshi root by looking at him,” comments Rumi at Unheard Voice on the first Bangladeshi-descent congressman elect Hansen Hashem Clarke.
Tanzania: Social Media and Election Monitoring
Elsie discusses social media and election monitoring in Tanzania: “The early report from Uchaguzi dot or dot tz* is hot off the press. Here is a quick glimpse at the accumulated efforts of citizen monitoring using the Ushahidi platform”
Tanzania: Partial Election Results
Partial election results in Tanzania show the president leading his challengers, but they suggest the ruling party will lose seats in parliament. In the presidential race, the election commission has issued results from 57 of Tanzania's 239 constituencies. President Jakaya Kikwete is leading in 40 of the 57.
Brazil: online xenophobia targeting north-easterners
Lirabellaqua, from blogging collective Trezentos [pt], and political blogger Rodrigo Vianna [pt] weigh in on the recent slew of online hate speech [pt] that has targeted north-eastern Brazilians who voted for president-elect Dilma Rousseff. Supporters of Dilma's opponent, Jose Serra, spread tweets condemning voters in the impoverished region, where Dilma won a...
Australians Weigh the US Midterm Elections
Global Voices author Kevin Rennie gathers the views of Australian bloggers to the recently conducted congressional and local elections in the United States
Estonia: SDE's “Uphill Battle”
Itching for Eestimaa writes about “an uphill battle” that the Estonian Social Democratic Party and its new leader, 36-year-old Sven Mikser, are facing: “Most Estonian voters I have encountered are pretty uninformed when it comes to left-wing politics. They refer to social democrats as “socialists,” which, in their mind, might...
Tanzania: Tanzania thrives on Nyerere's legacy
Tanzania thrives on Mwalimu Nyerere's legacy: “On Sunday, 31st October 2010 Tanzania voted for president and legislative members. The East African country’s elections have passed relatively unnoticed, this is untypical of many African elections.”
Tanzania: Another victory for yellow
Victory for yellow in Tanzania: “Last year I observed, using an African example, that in the realm of branding, yellow may be the colour of victory (in the tropics, if nowhere else).”
Azerbaijan: Defaced election posters
With the 7 November parliamentary election just four days away, Dadashov's Blog [AZ] posts a slideshow of images showing defaced election posters on one street in Baku, the Azerbaijani capital. The blog sarcastically notes that only the post of one candidate, the Rector of Baku State University running for the...
Tanzania: Tanzanian MC becomes Member of Parliament
“Tanzanian MC Sugu is now official Member of Parliament..first MC to enter the house in the whole entire world,” Zavara reports on Twitter.
Haiti: Where's the Relief?
“Relief is what earthquake victims desperately need right now to protect them from an oncoming hurricane. It’s what they’ve needed for the past ten months to make tent camps more livable”: Mediahacker points out a few critical ways in which “The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is lying to you.”
Tanzania: Twittering 2010 Tanzania General Elections
Tanzanians voted on on 31 October 2010 to elect the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, President of Zanzibar, Members of Parliament and Members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives. Using hashtags #UchaguziTZ, #uchaguzi, and #TZelect, Tanzanian netizens have been keeping their followers updated with results and on-the-ground observations.
Tanzania: Zanzibar has a new president, suspense in mainland
The Zanzibar Electoral Commission announced late yesterday that Dr Ali Mohamed Shein of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (revolutionary party) won the presidential race in Zanzibar. The announcement came amidst tension caused by the delay in announcing the final results in Zanzibar and in mainland Tanzania. During that tense situation bloggers and twitter users kept readers updated with the latest events by the minute.
Brazil: Dilma's election and what's left for the opposition
Hugo Albuquerque, from the blog O Descurvo, analyses [pt] the historical importance of Dilma Rousseff's electoral victory, while João Villaverde comments [pt] on what's left for the defeated party, PSDB.
Brazil: Right of reply on Twitter
Gabriela Zago, from the ius communicatio blog tells us [pt] about the first time Brazil's TSE (Superior Electoral Court) granted the right of reply on Twitter. Rui Falcão, one of president-elect Dilma Rousseff's campaign coordinators, was condemnd by the TSE for allegedly posting offensive tweets regarding opposition candidate, José Serra.
Bulgaria: Reactions to Dilma Rousseff's Victory in Brazil
Brazil's President-elect Dilma Rousseff has been the subject of many conversations in Bulgaria, due to her Bulgarian roots. Ruslan Trad translates some of the online reactions.