Month: February 2020

“Narendra Modi’s BJP Suffers Big Loss in New Delhi Elections”

On February 8th, the Delhi union territory of India held an election for all 70 seats in their Legislative Assembly, a unicameral state level legislature. According to the Electoral Commission of India, after winning 53.6% of the total vote, the Aam Aadmi Party, or the Common Man’s Party won 62 of the 70 available seats …

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Taiwan’s 2020 Presidential Election: A Win for Democracy

Taiwan’s tense relationship with China shadows much of Taiwanesse politics and elections. Taiwan has been holding presidential elections since 1996. The presidential election system in Taiwan is first past the post. Presidents hold office for four years and can serve two terms (Wu 2020). There are two primary political parties in Taiwan, one being the …

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The Outbreak of the Coronavirus and the Chinese Government’s Slow Response

Julia Gilstrap Dr. Penar Comparative Campaigns and Elections 02.14.20 The Outbreak of the Coronavirus and the Chinese Government’s Slow Response Blog Post #1 First officially reported in Hubei province in the city of Wuhan around the Lunar New Year, on January 20th, 2020, but believed to have first occurred in early December of 2019, the …

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Russian “Terrorism” Case Reaches Verdict

              On February 10th , 2020 a longstanding “terrorism” case involving seven men reached a verdict in Penza, Russia. Arrested in October 2017, these men were accused of founding and participating in a terrorist organization named “Set” or “Network” that aimed to “overthrow the government” along with possession of arms and drugs (“Russia jails…”). However, there is evidence …

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Malawi’s Election Annulment: A Sign of Change?

On Monday, February 3, the African country of Malawi nullified its presidential election from May 2019. This decision was due to “irregularities,” like discernibly altered return sheets, that could have altered the results of the election. The country now has 150 days to institute a rerun. Among other things, this decision set a major precedent …

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Change of Election Date in Ethiopia’s First Elections under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

This week, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) announced the new proposed date of August 18th for the parliamentary and local council elections. The election in August would be the first under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who recently won a Nobel Peace Prize for his peace negotiations with Eritrea and has softened political restrictions …

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The End of a Legal Challenge to the 2019 Presidential Election in Namibia

On February 5, 2020, the Supreme Court of Namibia ruled on a legal challenge of the results of the 2019 presidential election in Namibia (The Associated Press 2020). This ruling came just a few days after the constitutional court in Malawi annulled the results of the 2019 presidential election due to irregularities in how votes …

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A New Era in Iraqi Politics?

Mass anti-government protests over unemployment, poor public services, and corruption continue in Baghdad and other southern cities in Iraq. Tens of thousands of protestors have mobilized against the government. The Iraqi security forces have used tear gas, stun grenades, and even live bullets in an effort to disperse the protesting crowd, resulting in at least 319 people dead …

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