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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 344

Posts Tagged ‘elections’

“I Choose Europe”: European Federalists Gear up their campaign for European Elections

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 marzo 2019

The Union of European Federalists launches today the last stage of their campaign for the 2019 European elections by releasing a Manifesto for the European elections (For a Federal Europe : Sovereign, Democratic, Social), a pledge for candidates to the European Parliament, and a pledge for citizens to express their support to federalist proposals.
“We invite candidates to the European Parliament and citizens across Europe to express their support to a Federal Europe, a sovereign, democratic and social Europe. We want citizens to say strongly «I choose Europe» and go and vote at the European elections next 23-26 May, against the project of nationalists and populists to dismantle our Europe, but also against a European status quo that is not sustainable any longer. We call citizens to vote for candidates who clearly express their support for a bold European relaunch and reforms towards a federal Europe” says Sandro Gozi, President of the Union of European Federalists. UEF sections all over Europe are organising street actions, debates, stands to mobilize citizens to go and vote for a Federal Europe.

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Apple News Launches 2018 Midterm Elections Section

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 giugno 2018

Apple® today announced a new 2018 Midterm Elections section in Apple News®, providing a new resource for timely, trustworthy midterm election information and helping news seekers access the most important reporting and analysis from a diverse set of publishers.The 2018 Midterm Elections section helps readers follow the latest on the elections with breaking news, exclusive highlights and analysis from reliable sources selected by Apple News’ team of experienced editors. Readers can quickly get up to speed on the most relevant topics and candidates by accessing the new section in the Apple News app from a banner across the top of the For You tab, as well as through Top Stories and the Spotlight tab.“Today more than ever people want information from reliable sources, especially when it comes to making voting decisions,” said Lauren Kern, editor-in-chief of Apple News. “An election is not just a contest; it should raise conversations and spark national discourse. By presenting quality news from trustworthy sources and curating a diverse range of opinions, Apple News aims to be a responsible steward of those conversations and help readers understand the candidates and the issues.” Curation has been a guiding principle across Apple News since launch, with a team of editors focused on discovering and spotlighting well-sourced fact-based stories to provide readers with relevant, reliable news and information from a wide range of publishers.

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Nicaragua: MEPs condemn brutal repression and demand elections

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 giugno 2018

MEPs condemned the brutal repression and intimidation of peaceful protesters in Nicaragua, and called for credible elections there, in a vote on Thursday. In a non-legislative resolution, MEPs denounce the decline in democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua over the last decade, as well as increased corruption, often involving relatives of President Daniel Ortega.The text, passed by 536 votes to 39, with 53 abstentions, notes that the EU-Central America Association Agreement states the need to respect the rule of law, democracy and human rights and asks the EU to assess possible measures. It also warns against the “serious political, economic and investment consequences” that might follow the breaches of human rights. Parliament stresses that the repression perpetrated by the Nicaraguan authorities, armed forces, police and violent groups close to the government against peaceful protestors opposing the social security reform has cost the lives of 84 people since mid-April, with more than 860 injured and over 400 arrested. It calls on Managua to immediately allow an international, independent and transparent investigation to prosecute those responsible. The resolution underlines that Mr Ortega, who has been President since 2007 and was, elected three times in succession, has remained in power thanks to the unlawful removal of the term limits enshrined in the Constitution, “in clear breach of the right to democratic elections”. The European Parliament demands an electoral reform that results in fair, transparent and credible elections that respect international standards. MEPs urge the Nicaraguan authorities to “set the stage for all opposing sides to discuss the situation” in the country. They underline that the full participation of the opposition, the depolarisation of the judiciary, an end to impunity and the plurality of the media are essential factors in restoring democratic order to the country.They deplore violations of media freedom, both before and during the protests, and call on the government to restore full media freedom and freedom of speech and to end harassment of journalists.Finally, the resolution stresses the urgent need to fight rampant corruption within Nicaragua’s political circles and expresses concern about the links between President Ortega and other conflicts in the region.

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Taiwan Elections: Independence-leaning DPP heading for landslide victory

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 14 gennaio 2016

TaiwanTaiwan’s president and parliament are going to be newly elected this Saturday. Tsai Ing-wen, the candidate of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), is leading in all of the opinion polls and could become the first female president of Taiwan. In Beijing the election is being regarded with scepticism as it is unlikely a DPP-led government would continue the mainland-friendly course followed by the conservative Kuomintang (KMT). We spoke to Johannes Buckow, research assistant at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin, about the matter.In the Taiwanese opinion polls, the DPP has been well ahead of the incumbent KMT for months now. Is a shift of power likely soon, do you think?Well, the opportunity for the DPP to get an absolute majority in parliament has certainly never been better. Many Taiwanese citizens are unhappy about the country’s economic situation: growth has been dropping and real earnings have been falling, too. A large number of young voters, in particular, feel they have been losing out as a result of the KMT’s mainland-friendly politics. This frustration with the situation has been voiced quite loudly at various protests over the last few months. Many companies have moved their business activities to the mainland in recent years – in other words, Taiwanese jobs have been lost to China.The DPP wants to reduce Taiwan’s dependence on the mainland: Tsai would like to make Taiwan’s economy more innovative and develop the island’s relations to Japan and the United States even further. Whether or not this can be done will also depend on whether she can convince local businesses of her plans.Taiwan refers to itself formally as the ‘Republic of China’, but in Beijing’s view, it is nothing more than a rogue province. Just how ‘Chinese’ is Taiwan nowadays?The Taiwanese even disagree on this question themselves. Many people say they can’t identify with the mainland any more – young people, in particular. Rather than seeing links with China, they often refer to the great mixture of cultural influences that have shaped Taiwan – influences from Japan, from Taiwan’s own aboriginal inhabitants and from the West. Many people are also afraid Taiwan will lose its freedom and independence if it gets too pally with the People’s Republic.The two biggest parties reflect this ambivalent attitude to the Chinese mainland: the once authoritarian governing party of the Republic of China, the KMT, traditionally stands for Taiwan’s Chinese identity and intensive co-operation with the Chinese mainland. It maintains close contact with the large companies that produce goods on the mainland and also sell them there. The opposition party, the DPP, grew out of the democracy movement that developed in the 1980s. The members of this party emphasise Taiwan’s cultural diversity and call for more independence for the island.How would you describe Tsai as a politician? What makes her own politics different to that of her predecessor from the KMT, Ma Ying-jeou, who is not allowed to stand for election again?Unlike Ma and her rival from the KMT, Eric Chu, Tsai only became actively involved in politics at a relatively late point in time and doesn’t have such a broad network of contacts in the business world yet. Nonetheless, she has still managed to get the DPP to be a party representing a wider range of matters than in the past. At times, the party became very confrontational in its call for greater independence for Taiwan while it was under the leadership of former president Chen Shui-bian. Nowadays, it also wants to see more affordable accommodation built and promotes innovation, clean energy and the right for same-sex couples to marry. The DPP has been reaching out to new groups of the population as a result.Unlike the DPP, the KMT has experienced a shift to the right under Ma’s leadership: he had history textbooks changed to emphasise Taiwan’s Chinese identity more strongly and pushed controversial new trade agreements with the People’s Republic of China despite resistance from citizens.

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Municipal Elections in Vienna

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 10 ottobre 2010

In Vienna, Austria, 20,7 % of the population are not entitled to vote for the city council, because they are not Austrian citizens. In some districts of Vienna, almost 70% of the population cannot even vote for their district council, because they are not EU citizens. This massive exclusion from the polls has become a major problem for democracy. This deficit in Austrian democracy became a European problem in February 2000 when the extreme right Freedom party became part of the government. Since then, Austria has been setting the pace for the shift to the right throughout Europe. It is high time to repair democracy.
For the local elections on Sunday, 10 October, ENARA — the European Network Against Racism Austria — has launched a vote exchange campaign: the Wahlwexel (www.wahlwexel.at). The Wahlwexel gives the possibility to actually vote to people who are excluded from the polls. The principle is simple, easy, and legal. One person, who is entitled to enter the polling booth, passes the decision for whom to vote to a person who is not entitled to vote. This simple concept and campaign created quite a turbulence in Austria, where the right for immigrants to vote is stricty denied by the majority. The nationalist voices were helpless because Wahlwexel cannot be prohibited. The effect of the campaign was to raise awareness for the significant lack of democracy in the heart of Europe. A debate about democracy has been set in motion.
Next, the Wahlwexel campaign will be promoted on the European level with our partners in the European Network Against Racism. The age of the nation-state is over. We live in a globalised world. Therefore political institutions have to adapt to modern times or see the demise of no democracy. The right to vote cannot be restricted only to citizens any more, but has to become a right of all residents throughout Europe. The EU has already promoted the right to vote for residents on a local and regional level. This process of democratisation has to go on and reach national and supranational levels, because most important decisions are taken there. If the EU allows undemocratic systems excluding major parts of the population from political participation, it will fail in its attempt to bring peace, democracy and wealth to its members. Instead, racist hatred will prevail as can be seen in Austria and other European countries today. A movement by civil society against racism in Austria plays a crucial role for Europe.

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Special Elections Uk – Who will win?

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 Mag 2010

From Cinzia Cerbino italo europeo. Ever since, for the human being, making a choice is a difficult challenge. The economic theory of the XVIII and XIX centuries considers man as a rational individual. His decision is the output of the elaboration of the input (information) that he collects. ( Photo- Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg, David Cameron) We have to wait for the “New Economy” theory of the XX century, for the introduction of irrational elements in the human decision making process. In contemporary political debate, many surveys are underlining the crucial factors for choosing the vote will not be just immigration, jobs, education, health and tax but also other aspects that come out of our subconscious signals. Nikki Owen, a specialist in coaching, says that “we are emotional beings” and that “every moment, our subconscious mind receives over two million bits of information”. Furthermore, Sheena Iyengar, Professor of Business at Columbia Business School and author of The Art Of Choosing says: “When voters can’t distinguish between the parties, they vote with their gut, and use a variety of factors to make that decision , some very arbitrary. When people have choices that they can’t differentiate between they are more likely to choose randomly”.The purpose of our special report is to contribute impartial electoral information. We aspire to fill the gap of our rational desire for knowledge. Our dream is to restore the passion for politics in Aristotele’s sense as “interest for the polis” that seems to disappear from the heart of the citizen in all industrialized countries.Firstly, we will analize what the job of Prime Minister means with some historical hints for a better understanding of this role.Secondly, we will analize the main points of the parties’ manifestos.Thirdly, we will show how electoral law functions in UK, and finally, we will provide and examine some statistical data collected from our survey.

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Elections in Sudan

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 10 aprile 2010

Further violence would set back the peace process, threaten relief operations and put millions of people at risk of poverty, death and desperation.  Fr. Pierre Cibambo, Africa Liaison Officer for Caritas Internationalis, said, “The elections need to be a step towards a stable peace and development for Sudan. It is imperative to ensure free, fair and inclusive elections. The provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement must be implemented fully and faithfully. All parties must abstain from violence.” The 11-13 April poll is Sudan’s first national multiparty elections since 1986. International observers fear that political rivalries will spill over into violence, sparking off new clashes between different ethnic groups. Some political parties have already called for a boycott and levels of violence in the south remain high. A return to full blown war would have dire consequence, especially for children and displaced people already weakened by years of conflict and poverty.The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement ended decades of war between north and south, but much more needs to be done to ensure all Sudanese can live in dignity and peace. At least 2.7 million people remain displaced and need to be reintegrated into society. A major food crisis hit the south in 2009, leaving one out of two children suffering from malnutrition.Caritas is present throughout Sudan. In Darfur, Caritas is helping 350,000 people, including 240,000 who have lost their homes, with clean water, healthcare, peace building and livelihoods.  Caritas is also supporting 58,000 Sudanese refugees living in camps in Eastern Chad. In Southern Sudan, Caritas is providing food aid, seeds and food for work to 35,000 people until the 2010 harvest, especially in the Ezo, Tombura and Nagero areas, which are too remote or dangerous for other aid agencies to work in.

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Sudan Elections 2010

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 luglio 2009

By Hassan Abdel Ati The first democratic election in Sudan was organized in 1953 during the 3 years self rule period in the count down to independence on the first of January 1956. Yet during the 53 years of independence only 4 (four) democratic elections were organized because for 42 years Sudan was under military and/or civilian dictatorship (1958-64, 1969-85, 1989-2009). One of the major gains for all Sudanese people brought about by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2005 between the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) and the Sudan Government led by the National Congress Party (NCP), was the clauses committing the two parties to a free and fair democratic election in the middle of the 6-years transitional period agreed upon (2006-2011).

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Opinion poll on European elections and citizens’ policy interests

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 aprile 2009

An opinion poll on interest in the 4-7 June European elections and on EU policy issues reports that 34% of possible voters surveyed across the EU say they are already certain that they will go and vote in June, while 19% of respondents said they were already certain that they would not vote. The poll, which was taken from mid-January to mid-February, does not predict the final turnout at the June elections; it provides instead a sliding scale between those who, at the time of the poll, definitely intended to go and vote and those who definitely intended to stay at home. Late in March, the European Parliament unveiled its institutional campaign to raise awareness of the elections. Concerned at the steady decline in turnout over the years and polls reporting that respondents felt they lack information, the European Parliament devised an eye-catching campaign which focuses on specific policy options available. It is hoped that as the different parts of the campaign become visible from April in all EU countries, interest in and knowledge of the elections will rise. Also, in the weeks leading up to the elections, the political debate will heat up. More solid indications of voters’ intentions are expected in those weeks. On policy issues, respondents expressed greatest concern about the economy: the topic which preoccupied them most was unemployment  (57%), closely followed by economic growth. Other major concerns were inflation and purchasing power, and pension security.  The first non-economic subject on the list of respondents’ stated interests was crime (29%) followed by the security of energy supply (27%) and climate change (26%).

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