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Elections from around the world that possibly don't need a separate thread.

soccop

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The only problem with elections is the electorate. Frankly, I don't trust the bastards.
 

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Close in Canada
They are virtually tied, which effectively means another Liberal victory under Canada's unblushingly ruthless FPTP system, which makes the US and UK look like models of electoral equity (well, relatively speaking). Last time Trudeau almost won an overall majority with 33% of the vote, 1% behind the Tories whose votes are bunched in the western provinces. There wasn't much fuss because, unless next door in 2016, the beneficiary of FPTP's undeserved munificence was the 'progressive' rather than the 'reactionary' side of the aisle.

The only slight chink this time is that soft-left NDP, whose leader Jagmeet Singh is the most popular politician in Canada. is up on 20-21% rather than 16% last time. I'm not sure how this would work out in terms of seats but it would seem more likely to hurt the LIbs rather than the Tories. Singh has suggested he could work with the Tories to ensure a change of govt.


 

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Final roundup of Canadian polls before tomorrow's real thing:-

Libs 31-32%, Cons 27-30%, NDP 18-20% and far-right PPC 8-10%. In other words, another minority Liberal govt, rendering the whole early election a pointless exercise..

The rise of the PPC, led by a former Tory minister, has been the biggest story this time and has probably so split the conservative vote as to keep them in opposition - they only got 1.6% last time. It's not clear if Trudeau will be able to continue ruling alone or if he will need help from the Greens, if their 3-4% gives them any seats, or the NDP.

 

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Officially the most pointless election in democratic history, by the looks of it, unless Trudeau's aim was to emphasise the grotesque unfairness of the Canadian electoral system. A total of 5 seats seem to have changed hands, with the Libs again nearly winning an overall majority with 32% of the vote, 2% behind the Tories; the NDP winning about 6% of the seats with 18% of the vote; the PPC winning no seats at all with 6% etc. But as the 'progressives' were the beneficiaries, no one will worry too much.


 

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Good, though it seems very early for a result. Love the poster in the link!
I hadn't realised that Women only got the vote in 1990!

Good result, especially as Switzerland is supposed to be a conservative country.

Abortion and Gay rights seem to be becoming what divides the sheep from the goats in deciding whether a country is civilised socially liberal or not.
 

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I hadn't realised that Women only got the vote in 1990!

Good result, especially as Switzerland is supposed to be a conservative country.

Abortion and Gay rights seem to be becoming what divides the sheep from the goats in deciding whether a country is civilised socially liberal or not.
No, 1971 I think. But very late and yes, it is a pretty conservative country, or certainly was until recent times. Of course it is now the European country with the highest proportion of residents with origins outside the country.
 

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One cursory topo of the September State Duma election.

Comparing Russia with England is a bubbling fount in the latter days; the powers that are have taken the competitive component out of the inspected process, which leads to this existential bit of news that process indeed there was, and a not so bad one at that than one might expect at first.

The result does indeed compare nicely for me with the former legislative system in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland known as rotten boroughs, even if so far without a corresponding equivalent to the formal Tory versus Whig duality and an untrammeled executive prerogative akin to the original Magna Carta state minus the monarchic succession law.

Thats much much better than the "electoral type events" in their former incarnation, but the material part is that it is quite possibly much better too than what Great Britain United is stuck with and the post is dedicated at a quick stab as to why.

For all the criticism of the unsatisfactory consequences of rotten borough politics, not least from the former western isle part, its practical outcomes did turn out to be emprically rich up to the Estates General of 1789, and then fair enough until their demotion in the sixties of the next century, e.g. polar nights for free and dolce vita for some, the beat for most and all the derivations from that. It did come with a creative society that invented stuff and process both good and bad, but more often of relevance than not. My guess is that the root cause for these features is related to the convivial and compromising if unequal nature of political selection compared to the top down processes of absolute monarchy in the Habsburg dominion for instance, and systemically different too it was to The Winner Takes It All maelstrom that the blue cabal went on to pick.

Fast forward and in case the above does make sense it means that if the Russians can reproduce or refine the latest electoral process they have gained new options. Their present constitutional state does turn that into a large if, which in case though should yield interesting times and factuality for some that they may or may not appreciate.

It feels preferable to the USSR by me, but all for the best in the best of all possible worlds it ain't, the Brits did start to find want for reform as early as a hot summer day in the year of grace eighteen nineteen, and this side of paradise has also moved on since the hay days of the auld British Empire, making it accordingly more difficult to emulate the profits of the Georgian era.

That seems enough for the moment, share and enjoy.
 
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This bodes ill


Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was once the heir apparent to his father, but his support for a brutal crackdown on protesters 10 years ago tarnished his image.

Since that 2011 uprising, Libya has been riven by conflict.

Rights groups have raised fears the vote, scheduled for 24 December, will not be free and fair.

World powers and the UN secretary-general have warned that anyone who tries to obstruct it or falsify the outcome will face sanctions.
Previously captured and sentenced to death by a militia and pardoned, but still wanted on War Crimes charges by the International Criminal Court - he'll make a great president - not.
 

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It's probably too early to start a thread on the French presidential election, but the opposition centre-right Republicains have been voting for their presidential candidate, and the front-runner is an obscure far-right type from the south - though the likely winner will be the moderate municipal boss of the Paris region, Valerie Pecresse.

Pecresse is currently polling about 10-11% in national polls, fourth behind Macron, Le Pen and nother far-right guy Zemmour. Oddly enough, there appear to be no polls for a hypothetical match-up between herself and Macron. Macron is currently showing beating Le Pen 55/45 and Zemmour 60/40.



 
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