Hundreds of people stand in line to vote in South Africa’s first democratic election in April 1994.
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The proportional representation system has long outlived its relevance. Its negative extremes abound in local government.
Erdoğan or Kılıçdaroğlu – which one will be flying high after the runoff?
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Incumbent president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan faces opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu in a second-round vote that will decide the future trajectory of Turkey’s politics.
Supporters at the launch of the Jubilee Party manifesto in Nairobi, Kenya, in June 2017.
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The fluidity of the country’s short-lived coalitions is a major cause of instability in Kenya.
Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan celebrate.
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Turkish voters will be heading back to the polls on May 28 after no candidates managed to gain more than half the votes. But incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was boosted by a stronger-than-expected showing.
The two leading progressive parties must now form a coalition government – a task that could be complicated by the military-aligned parties.
Supporters of Imran Khan protest the former prime minister’s arrest.
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Protests took hold across Pakistan following the detention of the opposition leader and former cricket star – raising tensions in an election year.
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Even if Erdogan loses the upcoming presidential election, serious questions remain about how much the country would change.
Erdoğan has led Turkey for 20 years. Will he be elected for five more?
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There’s a lot at stake in the May 14 presidential election. Will Turkey continue to be ruled by a populist Islamist government or return to a path of secular democratization?
Supporters of the opposition EFF carry a mock coffin bearing the face of the President Cyril Ramaphosa, leader of the ruling ANC.
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ANC and EFF differ on ideology and policy – an alliance between them would prove difficult to put together and made to work.
Journalists take cover during March 2023 protests in Kenya.
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There is a growing public wariness about the performance of the media, which are increasingly accused of being partisan.
We need more scrutiny of TikTok as Indonesia gears up for general and presidential elections next year.
An armed soldier at a polling station during the counting of votes in March 2018 in Freetown.
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Though public opinion surveys offer some hope, there are several concerns for democracy’s consolidation in West Africa.
A voter casts his ballot at an early voting location in Alexandria, Va., Sept. 26, 2022.
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A loud chorus of Democrats – and some Republicans, too – has for years claimed gerrymandering is costing their party seats in Congress. Is it true?
Raising rates to fight inflation involves a time lag so current efforts to bring down prices won’t start having an impact until the next election is approaching.
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas reacts to e-vote results on March 5, 2023.
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Americans can look to Estonia for lessons on how online voting systems can improve election integrity.
Nigeria’s voter turnout has been declining since 2007.
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Greater awareness of the importance of voting is needed to improve the voter turnout in Nigeria’s elections.
Jimmy Carter answered reporters’ election-monitoring questions in Caracas, Venezuela, May 29, 2004.
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A former staffer with The Carter Center saw how Jimmy Carter’s efforts to bring democracy to Latin America improved conditions, prevented bloodshed and saved lives.
Members of a European Union election observation team speak to voters in Zimbabwe.
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Voters speak favourably about the potential of observation to improve overall electoral quality and transparency.
Des délégués lors d'un sommet de l'Union africaine à Malabo, en Guinée équatoriale, en 2022.
Pour progresser, les États membres doivent établir des priorités contraignantes, transparentes et applicables.
Erdoğan is facing criticism over his handling of the disaster.
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Disaster-hit Turkey is due to stage a presidential vote in June. Erdoğan’s handling of the earthquake response – and his role in the country’s perceived lack of preparedness – may be his undoing.