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Emmanuel Macron was the winner of the first round of the French presidental election. Eric Feferberg/AFP

French election: how the vote came to be so split

The first round of the presidential election has left French citizens and politicians divided – and the top candidates' four-way split doesn't favour governance of the country.
Emmanuel Macron at a campagn event in Bercy, April 17. Eric Feferberg/AFP

The voice of youth at the ballot box: lost or unheard?

François Hollande promised to make France’s youth a priority, but was a disappointment to them. While current candidates often showcase young supporters, will they have a voice after the election?
British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday for an early election. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Theresa May’s snap election gamble, explained

Wondering how the U.K. government can just decide to dissolve itself and call for a general election? As our expert explains, it's not uncommon.
DRC President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa. Kenny Katombe/Reuters

Now is not the time for the UN to run from the DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo desperately needs a peaceful election but with the UN threatening to scale back its DRC mission, the likelihood of a successful poll is being threatened
Herder Ahmed Haji waters his goats. AP Photo/Ben Curtis

Three reasons for optimism in Somalia

According to 2016 rankings, Somalia is the most fragile state in the world, worse off even than Syria. But there are reasons to believe things will improve.
A 2013 election poster of current Armenian president, Serzh Sargsyan. Will the country’s transition into a parliamentary system reinforce his power or lead to a totally new government? David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Armenia’s choice: Trump-style populist or power-hungry president?

Armenia's upcoming election should advance the country's transition from presidential to parliamentary system. But President Serzh Sargsyan may have a hidden agenda to retain power beyond his term's end.
What’s missing for elections using technology are careful transparency and scrutiny measures to help mitigate risks and build trust. Reuters/Charles Mostoller

Lessons in trust from America’s experience with electronic voting

Elections worldwide are becoming increasingly dependent on technology. But, typically, the electronic systems adopted suffer from weak transparency and scrutiny even when the outcome is challenged.
What if this was our choice on Election Day? AP Photos/Gary Landers and Paul Sancya

How majority voting betrayed voters again in 2016

In this year's election, the system of majority voting didn't allow voters to express their opinions adequately. If they had, the choice would have been between Kasich and Sanders.

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