» 03/21/2009, 00.00
Azerbaijan removes all obstacles to lifetime reelection for President Aliyev
The opposition calls it "a step toward monarchy," and the Council of Europe is criticizing Baku and threatening sanctions. But the president's party insists that about 90% of the voters are in favor.
The junta organises election rigging to pass the constitution
In view of the May 10 referendum on the new constitution, the poll authorities are receiving orders to block the "no" ballots; but the observers must "convince" the voters to select "yes".The generals aren't even considering the hypothesis of a defeat at the polls.
In the Burmese countryside, elderly and sick forced to vote "yes"
There has been early voting for these categories of voters: last Sunday, dozens of election observers went to the homes of the elderly and sick, requiring them to vote and to sign their ballots. In the state of Kachin, the authorities offer rice and mobile phones in exchange for support of the new constitution.
Parliament changes the constitution
National Assembly approves four constitutional amendments and votes itself out of business. A two-party system should emerge.
Bishop of Orissa: let Christians in refugee camps vote
At least 70,000 Christians are not registered on the voter lists. Hindu extremists burned their identification documents in the pogroms in August and September. There are more than 3,000 people still living in the refugee camps. At least 18,000 have moved to other cities out of fear of violence. For the Global Council of Indian Christians, "depriving someone of their voting right is a way to disenfranchise and stifle the Christian minority."
Student elections in Nepal, one dead, a hundred injured
The university movement affiliated with the communist party CPN (UML) won the presidency in 92 universities. The movement connected to the Maoist party in power came in third, winning on 48 campuses. The voting was marked by clashes and violence, a mirror of the climate of political tension in the country.
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