Stories about Elections from December, 2010
At OpenDemocracy.net, Natalia Leshchenko writes that “Belarusians have come to the point where they need a shared, universally accepted, veritable and satisfying understanding of themselves as a nation, and a common vision of their goals and priorities of development.”
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights launched a report today titled Zimbabwe: Geared up for another election. The report is a follow up to another ZHLR report titled Will there be free and fair elections?
As the debacle over election results continues, Haitian bloggers discuss the mounting unrest in the country, which further complicates efforts to deal with the cholera epidemic.
In looking at the fallout over the Haitian elections, Jamaican diaspora blogger Dennis Jones says: “The search for democracy is more than about having free and open elections. People have to have a certain disposition.”
At OpenDemocracy.com, Olga Birukova writes about the upcoming presidential election in Belarus and the potential post-election protests: “No one actually knows what the level of protest could realistically be in a fully developed dictatorship in a country squeezed in between Russia and Europe.”
Haitian bloggers discuss news that “presidential elections will go to a second-round run-off between former First Lady Mirlande Manigat and government technocrat Jude Celestin, protegé of outgoing President Rene Preval.”
Democratist writes about the upcoming Dec. 19 presidential election in Belarus – here and here.
Notes on the Moldova election results – at Democratist and Morning in Moldova (here and here).
There is a dispute going on over the results of presidential run-off in Côte d'Ivoire amid rising post-election tensions. The Ivorian authorities have closed all natural borders of the country and suspended local transmission of international news stations. Let’s see how Ghanaian bloggers are reacting to the political situation in Côte d'Ivoire.
Discuss SVG fears that the hard-won right to vote has been reduced to political posturing and pettiness.
“In spite of 12 opposition candidates calling for an annulment of the results, Haiti’s Provisional Election Council claimed only 3.3% of the ballots showed evidence of fraud”: Haiti Today says that it appears the country's election results will stand.
Last week news from the Democratic Republic of Congo that you might have missed :”The newly ordained cardinal of Kinshasa, Laurent Monsegwo, arrived in Kinshasa from Rome on Wednesday to huge acclaim. Monsengwo is usually considered to be opposed to Kabila, but rarely takes public stands”
Tensions high in Ivory Coast, borders closed, Kingsley Kobo reports; “The military in the Ivory Coast closed that country's borders with its neighbours and blocked foreign media as tensions rise over the outcome of the presidential election run-off. “The air, land and sea border of the country are closed to...
Another glaring omission from the ongoing presidential and parliamentary campaigns in Uganda: Breasts: “Four years later, there is no legal requirement for either the public or private sector to allow nursing mothers to leave work during the day to breastfeed their children. I won’t even go into the option of...
Why does Uganda need a new leader in 2011?: “One major and simple reason why the time for new leadership in Uganda is well overdue is because, no single leader, however brilliant or powerful he may be, has all the answers to solving the most intractible problems of a modern...
Haiti, Land of Freedom says that “furious demonstrations continued across Haiti…following the Nov. 28 highly contested election in which thousands found themselves unable to vote.”
Mediahacker republishes key excerpts from Cablegate as it pertains to Haiti.
HaitiAnalysis.com and klauvice's posterous comment on the recently concluded Haitian elections.
Morning in Moldova shares his views and analysis of results of Moldova's 28 November parliamentary elections.
“Even [with] the low participation of Haitian voters in these controversial elections, those who went to vote had difficulties to find their names. But they found the names of their neighbors who died in the Jan. 12 earthquake”: Wadner Pierre says that Haitians deserve better than what they got in...