Elections

Parties can’t use religion, caste to win votes: Indian court

India - Asia Times

Landmark ruling comes ahead of polls in five states, including UP, where BJP has pledged to build a Ram temple at the disputed Ayodhya site Asia Times In a landmark judgement on Monday, India’s Supreme Court said political parties cannot seek votes in the name of religion, race, caste, community or language. The ruling came Parties can’t use… Read More »

House Republicans vote to eviscerate independent ethics office

Republican - The Star

The rules package also includes a means for Republican leaders to punish lawmakers if there is a repeat of the Democratic sit-in last summer over gun control. Donna Cassata The Star WASHINGTON—House Republicans on Monday voted to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent body created in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers after several bribery and… House Republicans vote… Read More »

Defiant Gambian president refuses to step aside

Gambia - Al Jazeera News

Yahya Jammeh reiterates he won’t hand over power to president-elect Adama Barrow despite growing international pressure. Al Jazeera News Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has reiterated he won’t step down despite losing the December 1 election, as West African leaders and Western powers urged him to hand over power peacefully. Jammeh initially conceded… Defiant Gambian president refuses… Read More »

Voter Interest Hits Record Low in 2016 – ANU Election Study

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A major review of the 2016 Australian election has found record low levels of voter interest and record low levels of satisfaction with democracy and trust in government. Pro Bono Australia Lina Caneva A major review of the 2016 Australian election has found record low levels of voter interest and record low levels of satisfaction with democracy and trust in government. The latest Australian Election Study, conducted by… Voter Interest Hits Record… Read More »

Timor-Leste: Poll Reveals Widespread Optimism, Overwhelming Intent to Vote in Upcoming Elections

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Dili, Timor-Leste—A nationwide poll released today by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research indicates that survey respondents are optimistic about the country’s future prospects and committed to participating in the… Timor-Leste: Poll… Read More »

American democracy is being derailed. Can faith be restored?

Democracy - The Guardian

Not all votes or voters are treated equally – many are thwarted and undermined at every turn The Guardian Richard Wolffe Now that the electoral college has formally selected the next president of the United States, it’s worth taking a deep breath and asking: what kind of democracy do we live in? The will of the people ought to… American democracy is being… Read More »

Let Ivanka be first lady

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Ivanka Trump exits Trump Tower November 17, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

If she surrenders her business interests, there’s no reason why Ivanka shouldn’t do what other first daughters have done throughout US history. Politico Josh Zeitz The team at Trump Tower turned heads last week when word slipped that Ivanka Trump, the incoming first daughter, is eyeing an office suite in the East Wing normally reserved for the first lady. A spokesperson for the… Let Ivanka be… Read More »

Why Kuwait’s Elections Matter

Kuwait - The National interest

Kuwait illustrates the oft-ignored tension between liberty and democracy. The National Interest Doug Bandow It doesn’t take a lot of votes to get elected to Kuwait’s National Assembly. In the smaller districts a couple… Why Kuwait’s Elections… Read More »

Donald Trump will violate the US constitution on inauguration day

Trump - The Guardian

Because of the emoluments clause, the electoral college would be fully justified in concluding that he is unsuited to the presidency The Guardian Laurence H Tribe When Donald Trump swears at the inauguration that he will “faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States”, he will… Donald Trump will violate the… Read More »

Barack Obama vows retaliation against Russia for meddling in US elections

Obama - Daily Nation

President Barack Obama said Thursday the United States will retaliate against Russian hacking aimed at interfering in the US election. Daily Nation “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action,” Obama told NPR radio. “And we will, at a time and place of… Barack Obama vows retaliation against… Read More »

How Russian hackers hijacked the US election

Hackers - Irish times

Long read: The inside story of cyber attacks and leaks that officials believe tipped the election scales The Irish Times Eric Lipton, David E Sanger and Scott Shane When special agent Adrian Hawkins of the FBI called the Democratic National Committee in September 2015 to pass along some troubling news about its computer network, he was transferred, naturally, to the help desk. His message was brief, if… How Russian hackers hijacked the… Read More »

Gambia president-elect Adama Barrow demands Jammeh step down ‘now’

Gambia - Daily Nation

Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow said on Monday longtime leader Yahya Jammeh should leave power immediately after the incumbent president announced he would challenge the election result despite previously accepting defeat. Daily Nation “I think he should step down now,” Barrow told AFP. “He has lost the election, we don’t want to waste time, we want this country to start moving.” Barrow is due to welcome a heavyweight group… Gambia president-elect Adama Barrow demands… Read More »

Rex Tillerson named as Donald Trump’s secretary of state

Rex Tillerson - The Guardian

Senators from Republican and Democrat parties have raised concerns about ExxonMobil chief’s close ties to Vladimir Putin The Guardian Lauren Gambino Rex Tillerson, the president and chief executive of ExxonMobil, has been officially named as Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, the president-elect’s transition team has said. “His tenacity, broad experience and… Rex Tillerson named as… Read More »

Social Democrats easily win Romania parliamentary elections

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Romania’s left-leaning Social Democrats easily won parliamentary elections a year after a major anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power, near-final results released showed Dec. 12. BUCHAREST – The Associated Press Hurriyet Election authorities said that with 99 percent of the votes from the… Social Democrats easily… Read More »

Did Clinton win more votes than any white man in history?

Clinton - BBC

As mail-in and absentee voter ballots continue to trickle in and the country braces for President-elect Donald Trump to step into power, Hillary Clinton quietly marked a milestone. BBC News The latest election totals showed that Mrs Clinton, who lost to outsider Mr Trump last month, has received more votes than Mr Obama did in his 2012 victory, according to data from the National Archives and a running total by… Did Clinton win more votes than any white man in ... Read More »

Trump presidency: Exxon’s Rex Tillerson for top diplomat?

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Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson has met President-elect Donald Trump amid growing speculation that he is being considered for US secretary of state. BBC NBC News quotes sources close to Mr Trump as saying that Mr Tillerson is likely to… Trump presidency: Exxon’s… Read More »