DG Roundup: September 18-24, 2013

Sept. 24, 2013, 4:08 p.m.

DG Roundup is ElectionGuide.org’s newest feature. Once a week, DG Roundup will give an overview of developments in democracy and governance from around the world.

Cameroon: Campaigning has begun for the parliamentary elections in Cameroon on September 30. Though the campaign atmosphere is marred somewhat by recent allegations that fake voter ID cards are being manufactured and that some parties are buying cards in rural areas, the elections management body ELECAM assures the public that the new biometric registration system makes this type of fraud far less likely to succeed and that anyone found with unauthorized material will be prosecuted.

India: A new web portal designed by Datanet India gives users access to geospatial analysis of Indian election results. The website, www.electionsinindia.com, includes electoral maps, demographic profiles, and thematic analysis of national, state, and local-level information using GIS technology. Several election analysis reports are currently being produced, and customized analysis can be provided on request depending on available statistics. Datanet India is one of the largest clusters of websites devoted to socio-economic statistics in the world, maintaining a total of 720 sites.

Sri Lanka: A provincial election in Sri Lanka’s northern province resulted in a landslide victory for the Tamil National Alliance, the former political proxy of the Tamil Tiger rebels during the country’s 25-year civil war. The election is a symbolic victory for Tamils advocating for more political autonomy from the majority-Sinhalese government that defeated Tamil separatists in the civil war. While the northern provincial council will now be able to call for a vote no confidence in their federally appointed governor, the central government will still be able to withhold funds in retaliation, and the tensions are likely to continue.

Uganda: Opposition parties in Uganda have compiled a list of proposed electoral reforms to be passed before the elections in 2016. The list of reforms include: an independent electoral commission, more limited presidential powers and a presidential term limit, a less-involved military and the removal of military members of parliament, federal status for regional governments, harsher penalties for officials convicted of election-rigging, and more. The hope is that these comprehensive reforms can be passed as soon as possible so that there is enough time to raise awareness of the changes before the election.



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