Entries in Voting (9)


Israelis Voting Tuesday in General Election

Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- As President Obama begins his second term, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won't know until later Tuesday if he'll continue as his country's leader.

Israelis are going to the polls in a general election that will decide the fate of Netanyahu and his joint Likud-Yisrael Beitenu party.

Most pundits say the 63-year-old prime minister will return to office.  Although his party stands to lose some seats, Netanyahu will likely cobble together a new right-wing coalition with just enough of a majority in the 120-member Knesset parliament.

Although Netanyahu is too conservative for some Israelis' tastes, he might wind up moving even further to the right in his next term because of the challenge posed by Naftali Bennett, the prime minister's former chief-of-staff.

Much to the chagrin of the Obama administration, Bennett opposes any two-state solution to solve the perpetual Israeli-Palestinian conflict and also advocates annexing large swaths of the West Bank, which angers more moderate Palestinians.

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Senegalese Citizens Vote on New Legislature

ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images(DAKAR) -- Months after a presidential election, the citizens of Senegal are to choose representatives for the 150-seat Parliament, according to

There was a low turnout in Sunday's poll and the Interior Minister of Senegal, Mbaye Ndiaye, urged people to vote.

The President, Macky Sall who was elected in March said, "I invite citizens to go vote en masse. It's necessary for more people to vote, because it will give more credibility to the future National Assembly."

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Egyptian Election Outcome Nears as Vote Counting Begins

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CAIRO) -- Egypt is coming closer to seeing a new democratically elected government.  After two days of polling, the polling stations are closed and election officials have started to count votes to see who will be the nation's first president elected by its people.

Voter turnout Wednesday appeared lower than in the first post-Mubarak parliamentary poll held late last year. Voting in both urban and rural areas seemed split between five leading contenders, but no reliable pattern pointed to a winner as of early Thursday. Still, based on its own estimates, the Muslim Brotherhood asserted that its own candidate, Mohammed Mursi, was in the lead ahead of 12 others competing for the presidency, BBC News reports.

Generally, election spectators have expressed satisfaction with the voting process.  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday spoke to the significance of the Egypt's elections, which she said marked "another important milestone in their transition to democracy."

"We look forward to working with Egypt's democratically elected government," Clinton said in a statement Thursday. "We will continue to stand with the Egyptian people as they work to seize the promise of last year's uprising and build a democracy that reflects their values and traditions, respects universal human rights, and meets their aspirations for dignity and a better life."

The election's results are set to be announced Tuesday, but some individual polling stations are expected to announce results by Friday morning.  

A run-off vote is scheduled for June 16 and 17 if no candidate manages to get more than 50 percent of the votes.

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Young Russians Hope to Catch Fraud at March 4 Elections

Hemera/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Alena Bykova is determined to prevent her country from being stolen. On a recent evening, after a long day of work, she and several dozen citizens crowded into a university classroom in Moscow to learn how to catch fraud at the March 4 presidential election.

They learned how to spot ballot stuffing and voter intimidation and how to report it. Perhaps just as important, they learned how to prevent being intimidated themselves and which laws protect them from being arrested.

Bykova, a 20-something public relations manager for a large chain of electronic stores, is among a generation of young Russians who have taken to the streets by the thousands in recent months to protests a corrupt political system that appears poised to return Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to the president's office.

While few expect Putin to lose the election -- even the country's independent pollster Friday put his popularity at well over 60 percent -- he will have to contend with a changing Russia that is more politically active and willing to challenge him in public.

Bykova's generation has been mockingly referred to as the "office plankton" who have enjoyed the fruits of Russia's economic boom of the last decade. They don't remember the Soviet days and were only children during the turbulent 1990s. They came of age during a decade of Putin's rule that saw Russia become rich on petrodollars that paid for vacations abroad, iPhones, and the most fashionable cars and clothes.

But recently, spurred by blatant fraud in recent elections and lessons in democracy learned overseas and on the Internet, they have awakened politically in large numbers for the first time.

Bykova and her peers were driven to the streets after last December's parliamentary elections which were widely seen as fraudulent. Putin's United Russia Party narrowly maintained its majority, but videos emerged on YouTube showing officials blatantly stuffing ballot boxes.

Many of those videos were the product of a group called Citizen Observer that organized the election monitoring class. Interest in their work has exploded since December. They now hold two classes a day during the week and three a day on weekends training hundreds of monitors for next month's election.

Alena Bykova is preparing for trouble on election day. She has loaded up her Amazon Kindle with legal documents that defend her right to observe the polling station where she has been assigned and says she studies it every day on the Metro ride to and from work. She's watching tutorials on YouTube on how to catch fraud.

"On my little level of public observer on the vote, I can change something and I will try my best to. And there's a new wind and everyone feels it. It's a new wind, probably not in the whole Russia but in Moscow and in big cities, people are getting interested," she said.

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Egypt Holds First Parliamentary Elections Since Mubarak's Ouster

ABC News(CAIRO) -- Egyptians are taking to the polls on Monday to vote in the first parliamentary elections since their longtime leader Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February.

The elections will be divided into three stages, the first of which will run until January.  The final stage is expected to wrap up by the end of March 2012.

Those casting their votes in Cairo Monday told ABC News they were very excited about doing so; two young women said they were so nervous they couldn't sleep.

The voting comes amid a renewed presence in Tahrir Square -- the epicenter of this year's anti-government uprising that led to Mubarak's ouster -- where protesters in recent days have been calling for the end of the country's interim military leadership.

Last week, in an effort to defuse the anger of the protesters, Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the military government, said he would move up presidential elections to June 2012 and would hold a referendum on having the military relinquish power immediately if necessary.  Currently, the transfer of power to civilian rule is scheduled for late 2012 or 2013.

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Nigerians Cast Ballots in Presidential Elections

Stockbyte(ABUJA, Nigeria) -- Nigerians headed to the polls Saturday to vote in the country's presidential elections. Many are hoping that it will be the first credible presidential election in decades.

President Goodluck Jonathan is the front runner with two main challengers: former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and former anti-corruption chief Nuhu Ribadu.

Jonathan took office in May, breaking a tradition of alternating power between the Christian south and mostly Muslim north every two terms. Jonathan hails from the southern portion of the nation.

The divergence from that pattern has spurred demands for a leader from the North.

There were no serious spats of violence as of midday Saturday, but two explosions in Maiduguri prompted increased security measures. No one was reported injured.

Nigeria is scheduled to hold state level elections on April 26.

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Egyptians Vote on Proposed Constitutional Amendments

ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Given Egypt's political climate over the past several decades, Saturday was a day of joy as millions showed up at more than 50,000 polling stations to vote for constitutional amendments.

It was the first free elections in Egypt in more than 50 years, spurred by pro-democracy demonstrations less than two months ago that toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak.

Still, it's unclear whether voters will approve the amendments to pave the way for parliamentary elections, essentially a government set up by the people rather than by whomever is running the country at the moment.

When Mubarak stepped down, the military stepped in to assume governing but has agreed to abide by the will of the electorate.

If approved, the new Egyptian president will be limited to two, four-year terms.  The amendments will also restrict some of the president's powers, including the ability to call for a state of emergency, which is the equivalent of martial law.

Those opposed to the amendments include some of the reformers who demanded Mubarak's ouster.  They are mostly Egypt's secular and liberal political figures, who complained the amendments won't give them sufficient time to form organized parties ahead of parliamentary election.

However, the once-outlawed -- and better organized --  Muslim Brotherhood, which the West fears will advance a radical Islamic agenda, supports the amendments.´╗┐

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Sudan Independence Vote Draws Large Turnout, More Violence

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(JUBA, SUDAN) – As residents of Southern Sudan eagerly go to the polls to cast their votes for independence, violence continues to complicate what most hoped would be a peaceful process.

Residents all across the country are currently able to vote in a referendum for southern independence, which would separate the Islamic northern region of the country from the oil-rich and largely Christian south. This vote follows a nearly 20-year civil war that has claimed over two million lives. Voting has been frequent in the south, but ballots have been cast few and far between in the north, where residents are not as enthusiastic about a possible split.

Fighting continued Monday in the oil-rich province of Abyei, near the north-south border, where South Sudanese officials say 20 policemen were killed and 30 others injured by Arab militiamen. Military officials say the policemen were killed with anti-tank weaponry, indicating they are backed by the military in the north. However, Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, denies any state involvement.

In the south, pro-separation and anti-Khartoum signs are everywhere. “Bye Bye Bashir” read one banner, a sign of the long-standing animosity between the two regions which references current Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

The voting is scheduled to last through Saturday, but the results are not expected to be announced until early next month.

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Millions of Votes Tossed Out in Afghan Parliamentary Elections

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission is tossing out 1.3 million votes out of the 5.6 million cast for last month’s parliamentary elections.  Of 2,500 candidates, 224 are being accused of fraud and their cases have been sent to the Electoral Complaints Commission for investigation.

Only 23 percent were expected to cast ballots, but the “turnout” -- or votes cast -- was approximately a million more than predicted.

A video obtained by ABC News appears to show underage voters and ballot stuffing. The video at one point shows an individual in a police uniform watching as a person casts dozens of fake ballots. Another part shows a woman with multiple voting cards.

The election process was praised by several western governments and non-governmental organizations as being much improved over last year's presidential election.  Last year, just over 17 percent of the votes were discarded.

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