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Veteran Burma politician says gov’t party to win

By Mon, Aug 23, 2010 8:21AM UTC

A veteran politician contesting Burma’s upcoming elections said Sunday the political party backed by the ruling military junta will easily win the most seats because challengers face financial and other handicaps. Thu Wai, chairman of the newly formed Democratic Party (Burma), said the challenger parties can field candidates in less

Australian parties seek backing of independents

By Mon, Aug 23, 2010 8:13AM UTC

Leaders of Australia’s two major political parties lobbied for support from independent lawmakers Sunday to stitch together the nation’s first minority government since World War II after the closest election in almost 50 years. The ruling center-left Labor Party hemorrhaged votes to the environment-focused Greens party as the government was

India’s voting machines ‘no longer tamper-proof’

By Sun, Aug 22, 2010 10:34PM UTC India’s voting machines ‘no longer tamper-proof’

  India has been using the electronic voting machines (EVM) or direct recording electronic voting machines (DRE) for two decades now. These EVMs are highly guarded little machines and the election commission of India swears by them. If it wasn’t for the EVMs the counting would run into days in

The hidden question of Burma’s political crisis

By Sun, Aug 22, 2010 9:37PM UTC

Many ethnic leaders asserted that they don’t have faith in the new 2008 constitution. Why? They are of the opinion that it will not produce a genuine federal union in the future. In addition, the Burmese armed forces will take 25 percent of all seats in the upcoming parliament. So,

Aung San Suu Kyi made the right decision boycotting sham election

By Sun, Aug 22, 2010 9:35PM UTC

Since the November 7 election date was declared and the destiny of the nation begins to draw near, the democratic opposition parties in Burma, their party-members and the whole voting public have to be subjected to more threats, persecution, bullying, vote buying and dirty canvassing and campaigning. Burma’s state-run television

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