Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

FL: Cyberattack on election is first known case in US, experts say

March 18, 2013
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NBC News    

"An attempt to illegally obtain absentee ballots in Florida last year is the first known case in the U.S. of a cyberattack against an online election system, according to computer scientists and lawyers working to safeguard voting security. The case involved more than 2,500 'phantom requests' for absentee ballots, apparently sent to the Miami-Dade County elections website using a computer program, according to a grand jury report on problems in the Aug. 14 primary election." (03/18/13)

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Kenya: Cover-up of vote rigging, Odinga team says

March 11, 2013
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Atlantic City Press    

"Officials from the party of Kenya's prime minister say they are not getting the co-operation they need from Kenya's electoral commission to prepare a lawsuit to challenge the results of the March 4 presidential vote. Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo and Lands Minister James Orengo said Monday there was an effort to cover-up cheating that they alleged gave the election win to Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta." (03/11/13)

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Egypt: Court suspends parliament election

March 6, 2013
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Austin American-Statesman    

"An Egyptian court on Wednesday ordered the suspension of parliamentary elections scheduled to begin in April, opening a legal battle likely to delay the vote and deepening the political crisis between the Islamist president and his opponents that has polarized the nation for months. The new confusion surrounding the election underlined the paralysis gripping Egypt, between political deadlock, infighting among state institutions, a faltering economy and a wave of protests, strikes and clashes against Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood that has spiraled for months around the country." (03/06/13)

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Nicaragua: Sandinistas win most municipal races

November 5, 2012
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Macon Telegraph    

"The ruling Sandinista Front has won at least 134 of the 153 mayoral races in local elections the opposition and the U.S. government say lacked transparency, according to results released Monday. At least three people have died and dozens more have been injured in clashes between rival political groups since Sunday's elections, authorities said." (11/05/12)

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Kuwait: Opposition activist held for insulting emir

October 30, 2012
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Associated Press    

"Opposition groups in Kuwait say a leading political activist has been arrested on charges of criticizing the Gulf nation's ruler during protests. The detention of former lawmaker Musallam al-Barrack is likely to raise tensions between Kuwait's ruling system and opposition factions led by Islamists, which seek to regain control of parliament in Dec. 1 elections." (10/30/12)

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Sicilian vote, Berlusconi threat add to Italy uncertainty

October 29, 2012
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CNBC    

"Sicilian local election results will provide clues on Monday to the political impact of Silvio Berlusconi's threat to withdraw support from Prime Minister Mario Monti's government before next year's national election. Sicilians voted on Sunday for a new regional government but counting only began the next day. An exit poll in regional capital Palermo conducted for local TRM television showed the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement leading with 26 percent." (10/29/12)

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Lithuania at risk of political stalemate after election

October 29, 2012
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Reuters    

"Voters turned against Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius' austerity-minded administration on Sunday, in a warning for other European governments pushing through tough budgets. That put an alliance of the opposition Social Democratic Party, the Labor Party and the party of an impeached former president in prime position to succeed him. But President Dalia Grybauskaite, a former EU budget commissioner who is popular with the electorate, refused to accept the Labor Party, which faces allegations of buying votes during the two rounds of balloting." (10/29/12)

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Libya: Shagur to stand down

October 7, 2012
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Libya's Prime Minister-elect is to stand down after failing for a second time to win parliamentary approval for a new cabinet. Mustafa Abu Shagur had called for the formation of an 'emergency government,' consisting of just 10 ministries. The General National Congress (GNC) voted 125 to 44 against the proposal. Seventeen members abstained, according to a Libyan national television report. The GNC now has three to four weeks to elect a new premier." (10/07/12)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19864136  

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Georgia: Saakashvili concedes party’s election defeat

October 2, 2012
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Time    

"Early returns and exit polls in a heated parliamentary election show that Georgian voters have turned against President Mikhail Saakashvili and the party that has been in power for almost nine years. Saakashvili acknowledged that the popular vote on Monday went to the opposition Georgian Dream coalition .... But the president insisted that his party would retain its majority in parliament since nearly half of the seats are chosen in separate direct elections." (10/02/12)

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PA: Judge halts voter turnout suppression law

October 2, 2012
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CBS News    

"A judge postponed Pennsylvania's controversial voter identification requirement on Tuesday, ordering the state not to enforce it in this year's presidential election. The decision by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson on the law requiring each voter to show a valid photo ID could be appealed to the state Supreme Court. The law could go into full effect next year, under Simpson's ruling." (10/02/12)

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Early returns show losses for Georgia ruling party

October 1, 2012
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Lincoln Journal Star    

"Early returns and exit polls in a heated parliamentary election show that Georgian voters have turned against President Mikhail Saakashvili and the party that has been in power for almost nine years. Saakashvili acknowledged that the popular vote on Monday went to the opposition Georgian Dream coalition led by billionaire businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, whose supporters in the capital celebrated throughout the night." (10/01/12)

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe sets elections for March

October 1, 2012
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, announced last week that harmonized elections ... will be held in March next year in the southern African country. But political analysts and parties have described the proclamation as 'daydreaming.' The troubled country last held elections in 2008 which were roundly condemned by the international community after violence which claimed over 200 supporters of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party. A government of national unity was formed after the elections, uniting the MDC-T, Mr. Mugabe’s ZANU PF, and a smaller faction of the MDC led by Welshman Ncube." (10/01/12)

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Spiritual Politics 2012

September 26, 2012
posted by

Rational Review    

There’s a wonderful spiritual statement about how we focus our attentions: "what you resist, persists." A corollary to this, and the basis of many self-help and other improvement programs, expresses the obverse: since everything material began as a thought, what you focus on now, with all your heart and mind, becomes your future reality.

I believe this principle also applies to political action, and helps explain the basic muddle in which many voters find themselves going into yet another Presidential election involving far less than perfect candidates: very few people are looking forward to November as a time to affirm their beliefs and values. For a large percentage of would-be voters, there is (once again?) only a choice between what they see as a "barely acceptable" candidate and an inherently "evil" one. (Note: I acknowledge that this condition is not universal, and there are some who truly believe in their Republican or Democrat standard-bearer; this essay is addressed to those for whom that allegiance is not so fervent.)
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Libya’s transitional council hands over power

August 8, 2012
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CNN    

"Libya's National Transitional Council handed over power Wednesday to the General National Congress, the national assembly formed by last month's elections. The ceremony in a conference center in Tripoli marked the country's first peaceful government transition since before Moammar Gadhafi seized power in 1969." (08/08/12)

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Mexico: Party demands campaign probe on leftist

July 24, 2012
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Watertown Public Opinion    

"Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, whose candidate apparently won the July 1 presidential election, is accusing the second-place candidate of receiving illicit funds months before he started campaigning. The charges echo similar allegations made against the PRI's candidate, Enrique Pena Nieto, by his leftist rival Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who is calling for the election result that placed him in second to be annulled." (07/23/12)

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India: Mukherjee wins presidential election

July 22, 2012
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Reuters    

"Pranab Mukherjee, a former finance minister of India and senior leader of the ruling Congress party, has been elected as the new president, a government official said on Sunday. On Thursday, India's 4,896 lawmakers in state assemblies and parliament cast their votes for the president, a ceremonial post." (07/22/12)

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Libya: “Moderate” party beats Islamists in first post-Gaddafi election

July 19, 2012
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Vancouver Sun [Canada]    

"A moderate coalition has beaten the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya's first post-Gaddafi election, reversing the trend of success for Islamist parties in Arab Spring countries. The National Forces Alliance, led by the wartime prime minister Mahmud Jibril, gained 39 of 80 seats available to parties in the general national congress." (07/19/12)

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Mexico: Elections certain to face court challenges

July 10, 2012
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USA Today    

"Mexican leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday he will mount court challenges against the results of the July 1 election, claiming vote-buying and campaign overspending by the winner of official vote counts, Enrique Pena Nieto. The announcement comes amid rising calls to investigate what appears to have been the distribution of thousands of pre-paid gift cards to voters before the election, and allegations by Lopez Obrador's supporters that some state government officials passed funds to Pena Nieto's campaign effort." (07/09/12)

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What not to do on Selection Day

July 2, 2012
posted by

LewRockwell.com
by Eric Peters  

"Once you peel away the curtain of consent, it’s over. But it won’t be over so long as enough people continue to play along. Imagine if enough people did not play along. If enough people simply stopped being useful idiots. If the number of people voting dropped below 40 percent -- or even less. The 'winner' thus selected by 15-20 percent of the country would be as obviously illegitimate as the 'winner' of a selection in Uganda." (07/02/12)

http://lewrockwell.com/peters-e/peters-e206.html  

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Mexico: Polls irreversibly favor Pena Nieto

July 1, 2012
posted by

Juneau Empire    

"The president of Mexico's formerly long-ruling party says all polls 'irreversibly' show that the Institutional Revolutionary Party will return to presidency after 12 years out of office. Joaquin Coldwell says PRI candidate Enrique Pena Nieto will win the presidency. He announced late Sunday that the party will await an official representative quick count before officially claiming victory." (07/01/12)

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Libya: Militiamen attack election commission

July 1, 2012
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Palm Beach Post    

"Libyan protesters and militiamen stormed the headquarters of the election commission in the eastern city of Benghazi on Sunday, setting voting slips on fire, a militia commander said, a week before the country holds its first general election in nearly five decades. In southern Libya, a leader of Libya's Tabu tribe threatened to boycott the election if the government does not withdraw its forces and tanks from a southern desert city where clashes have killed dozens." (07/01/12)

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Egypt: Morsi sworn in as president

July 1, 2012
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Washington Post    

"Egyptians witnessed their nation’s first democratic handover in history on Saturday with the swearing-in as president of Islamist Mohamed Morsi, who displayed a striking synergy with and reverence for the military chiefs who have ruled the country since last year’s revolution." (06/30/12)

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Egypt: Islamist Morsy declared winner in presidential election

June 24, 2012
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Reuters    

"Islamist Mohamed Morsy of the Muslim Brotherhood was elected president of Egypt with 51.7 percent of last weekend's run-off vote, defeating former general Ahmed Shafik, the state election committee said on Sunday. He succeeds Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown 16 months ago after a popular uprising. The military council which has ruled the biggest Arab nation since then has this month curbed the powers of the presidency, meaning the head of state will have to work closely with the army on a planned democratic constitution." (06/24/12)

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Egypt: Officials delay announcing election winner

June 20, 2012
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Colorado Springs Gazette    

"Officials postponed declaring a winner in Egypt's disputed election on Wednesday, sending political tensions soaring as the country awaited its first new president in three decades. Adding to the confusion and uncertainty were reports about the health of Hosni Mubarak, who is serving a life sentence for failing to stop the killing of protesters in the uprising that ousted him last year." (06/20/12)

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Greece: New PM sworn in, will head coalition government

June 20, 2012
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Los Angeles Times    

"Antonis Samaras was sworn in as Greece's new prime minister Wednesday, three days after his conservative New Democracy party won a nail-biting parliamentary election. Samaras will head a new power-sharing government that will encompass the left and right, according to a leader of one of the parties that will participate in the coalition." (06/20/12)

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