Pages tagged "Elections worldwide"


Lessons Learned from Egypt's Presidential Runoff: The Case for Using an Instant Runoff Ballot

Posted on What's New by Erin Ellis, Arab Spring Series on June 15, 2012

On June 14, Egypt's high court disbanded the nation's parliament elected last winter, arguing that the candidates should have run without party affiliation. The ruling makes this weekend's presidential election all the more important, as the president will become the only national government leader who has been elected and will not have a parliament to check his decisions. This blog post analysis thus takes on even greater importance.

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Hanging by a Thread: Egyptian Democracy After the June 18 Coup

Posted on What's New by Erin Ellis on June 15, 2012

In the aftermath of a military "coup" staged on June 18, the future of Egyptian democracy looks precarious. In retrospect, the situation might have been prevented if Egypt had used proportional representation to elect its parliament in the first place. 

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French Elections: Preview of May 6 Runoff

Posted on What's New by Hüseyin Koyuncu on May 04, 2012

The French presidential election of 2012 is the 10th presidential election in the 5th Republic and the 9th election by direct universal suffrage. The winner will serve a term of five years. The first round was held on April 22 and the runoff will take place on Sunday, May 6.

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France Elects a New President: Analysis and Five Notable Facts

Posted on What's New by Hüseyin Koyuncu on May 04, 2012

France elected a new president on May 6 in a majority runoff in which Francois Hollande defeated incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy. FairVote's director and FairVote intern Huseyin Koyuncu, a French student from Sciences Po, report on the election and five notable facts about how France votes.

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Kenya Visit Shows Youth Vote Key in Next Presidential Election

Posted on What's New by Tyler Sadonis on April 24, 2012

After a disputed election in 2007 caused violence and chaos across Kenya, the youth are organizing to ensure a different outcome when Kenyans return to the polls in 2013 to elect a new president.

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Egypt and the Winner-Take-All Distortion

After previously explaining the hybrid election system recently used by Egypt in its parliamentary elections, we here analyze how use of winner-take-all elections for many seats distorted fair representation of political views and women. Seats elected by proportional representation provided far more representative results.

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International Women's Day: Time for Political Equality

Posted on What's New by Lindsey Needham on March 08, 2012

Today, March 8th, is International Women's Day! As we honor the accomplishments of women all over the world, FairVote takes a moment to investigate the lack of women in political office. What can we do to increase women's representation?

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Egyptian Parliamentary Elections, Part 1: The Rules

Posted on What's New by Hüseyin Koyuncu, Arab Spring Series on February 13, 2012

Egypt recently held important parllamentary elections. We explain how some seats were elected with proportional voting and others with winner-take-all and the impact of these voting rules on representation.

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Egypt: The Military Struggles to Maintain its Legitimacy

Posted on What's New by Arab Spring Series, Hüseyin Koyuncu on December 12, 2011

Amidst controversies and protests, Egypt last month held the first in a series of elections for a new parliament. FairVote has covered the region's moves toward representative democracy in our Arab Spring series. Here’s the first of a series of posts analyzing the elections, starting with a focus on the state country before the voting last month.

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Tunisians Hold Arab Spring's First Vote

Posted on What's New by Arab Spring Series, Hüseyin Koyuncu on November 04, 2011

 The election is seen as a democratic success for new Tunisia, with some 4.1 million registered voters voting to select the members of the Constituent Assembly – using a method of proportional representation that ensured nearly every participant elected someone, and no one faction earned the winner-take-all power to dominate other factions.  Tunisians have fulfilled their duty peacefully and with great pride, whether in the capital or in provincial towns. European Union observers saluted the election’s “transparency.” Clearly, the strong desire of Tunisians to be governed by democratically elected authorities guided the electoral process.   

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