07 Sep 2018

Brazil presidential election plunged into chaos after front-runner stabbed

The front-runner and far-right candidate in Brazil’s upcoming presidential election Jair Bolsonaro has been stabbed and placed in intensive care only a month before the country’s votes. While he expected to recover fully in two months after one week in the hospital, the stabbing has escalated uncertainty and tension in

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03 Aug 2018

Zimbabwe election: Opposition rejects ‘fake’ poll results

The opposition leader in Zimbabwe has dismissed as “fake” Thursday’s results of the July 30th elections. Emerson Mnangagwa has been declared the winner with 50.8% of the vote over the 44.3% by the contester. Protests this week have left a number of people dead in the first election in Zimbabwe

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03 Aug 2018

West Virginia tests blockchain voting system for overseas voters

West Virginia is testing a blockchain-based voting system for overseas residents, a move driven to a large extent by difficulties and failures in existing absentee ballots and systems.   Source: Blockchain at the Ballot Box? Maybe Someday – WSJ

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01 Aug 2018

Facebook finds new ‘sophisticated’ efforts to disrupt elections

Facebook announced the discovery of “sophisticated” efforts to influence U.S. politics and elections on both its Facebook and Instagram platforms. The company deleted 32 of the connected accounts, which boasted around 300,000 followers. While Facebook did not specify whether or not Russia was behind the efforts, one top Democrat on

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30 Jul 2018

Zimbabwe votes in first post-Mugabe poll, opposition cries foul

The main political opposition has made accusations of voter suppression by the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission, bringing into question the prospects for the election to receive sufficient credibility in order for the country to access important funding and remove the heavy sanctions currently in place against it. This is the first

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30 Jul 2018

Violence disrupted vote in a fifth of Malian polling stations

“Armed attacks or other violence” disrupted voting at 4,632 of the 23,000 polling stations on Sunday’s election in Mali, while 644 polling stations were completely unable to operate. The country continues to reel from insecurity driven by jihadist violence, and elections continue to be prime targets for destabilizing actors in

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27 Jul 2018

Cambodia elections: How they serve the purposes of the ruling party

“Last month, Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen made made a strange demand ahead of his country’s general elections on July 29: Rival candidates, he said, must refrain from criticizing the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) he leads. To outsiders accustomed to politicians relentlessly attacking one another, such a demand is

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25 Jul 2018

The military wants to help secure the midterm elections

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has offered to assist in the securing of the U.S.’s election systems for the upcoming midterm elections in November, according to a tweet from a U.S. senator on the Armed Services Committee. A Pentagon spokesperson has also announced that the DoD continues

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16 Jul 2018

Election tension continue to mount as suicide bomber kills 128 at rally

Tensions in Pakistan continue to climb ahead of its elections on July 25. On Friday, a suicide attack claimed a current total of 128 lives, with the Islamic State claiming responsibility. The attack also killed a provincial assembly candidate, the second electoral candidate killed during the week. On the same

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11 Jul 2018

Half of accounts posting Pakistan election hashtags are “probably bots”

Two months ahead of election time, new transparency measures by Facebook and Twitter have suggested that large amounts of bots are being used to amplify messages, spread misinformation, create artificial consensus, or influence voter turnout. A recent analysis found that 52% of accounts using #PMLN hashtags and 46% of accounts

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