Polling station in Mitrovica, Kosovo. Photo: EPA-EFE/DJORDJE SAVIC Members of Kosovo’s huge diaspora intend to vote in larger numbers than ever in the forthcoming October elections – but advocacy groups say the process is still too complicated and time-consuming. Those who have registered to vote have until October 4 to access their right to cast ballots in the early parliamentary elections due on October 6. The elections come after former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj resigned on July 19 to testify before Kosovo’s Specialist Chambers about war crime allegations. Impoverished Kosovo relies heavily on diaspora remittances, which reached a peak of 800 million euros in 2018, according to the Central Bank. Data from the Kosovo Agency of Statistics, KAS, also suggests an extraordinary 30 per cent of Kosovo’s population now live abroad, while simultaneously contributing to its GDP. But many of these people are failing – or not being encouraged – to … [Read more...] about Defying Obstacles, More Kosovo Diaspora Members Intend to Vote
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The gruelling Brexit debate is threatening to explode into a full-blown constitutional crisis – following the latest twist in saga. Parliament will be ‘prorogued’ from September 12 until the Queen’s Speech on October 14, meaning the House of Commons will not sit for five weeks as the Brexit deadline of October 31 rapidly approaches. The Queen agreed to the suspension following a request from Boris Johnson , and opposition MPs have accused the Prime Minister of trampling over democracy in order to force through a no-deal Brexit. While it is normal for any new government to lay out its plans in a Queen’s Speech, the move to prorogue Parliament just weeks before the UK is due to leave the EU is highly controversial. Mr Johnson says that while he wants a new Brexit deal, Britain must leave the EU on October 31 ‘do or die’. This is despite MPs previously voting against a no-deal Brexit, which they believe would be a disaster. poll loading Is … [Read more...] about Is Boris Johnson right to suspend Parliament ahead of Brexit?
Prisoners allowed to vote in Shetland by-election BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Prisoners are to be given the right to vote in the Shetland by-election. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/prisoners-allowed-to-vote-in-shetland-byelection-38366390.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article38366387.ece/7fe17/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_db76038f-e3c7-4113-9c1a-095ebcf6cea5_1 Email Prisoners are to be given the right to vote in the Shetland by-election. The move, announced by the Scottish Government on Thursday, will ensure compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights. A European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling in 2005 said the UK Government’s blanket ban on prisoner voting breached human rights laws. However, successive UK governments resisted changing the law in order to allow prisoners the right to vote. A dispute between the UK and the European Court on the issue finally ended in 2017 when voting rights were given to around 100 inmates in … [Read more...] about Prisoners allowed to vote in Shetland by-election
Bougainvilleans who are 18 years and above living in the National Capital District have been strongly urged to register their names on the referendum roll in order to vote in the upcoming Bougainville Referendum. The call was also extended to other Bougainvilleans living outside of Bougainville throughout PNG, as time is fast running out for referendum voter registration. The PNG Electoral Commission, in collaboration with the Port Moresby Bougainville Association, will be conducting registration and enrolment of eligible voters on June 15 during the Bougainville Day celebrations at Sir John Guise stadium. Registration and enrolment will start at 8am and end at 4pm. Further details on the registration process and procedures will be thoroughly explained at the venue. “It is your constitutional right to vote in the referendum, so make it your business as a proud Bougainvillean to come and register so that you can be eligible to vote in the referendum in October,” the … [Read more...] about B’villeans in NCD urged to register on referendum roll
Tirana, Albania - In a police storage facility just outside the Albanian capital, drugs are piling up to the rafters. Inside the nondescript building, the scent of cocaine and cannabis is evident, produced by the tonnes of narcotics scattered over the floor and inside large metal closets. The storage units in this dusty building are full, so more bags of drugs are left in a stairwell. While the sheer volume of narcotics confiscated from organised crime groups is impressive, the political discussion on this issue is even larger. Organised crime is a divisive issue in Albania. Violent protests over allegations of vote-rigging have rocked the capital of Albania, a small Balkan country trying to become part of the European Union. Protesters attacked police and government buildings with Molotov cocktails, stones and fireworks. Protesters say the government is not doing enough to fight organised crime, which they allege influenced the 2017 general elections in favour of the ruling … [Read more...] about Albania government denies links to organised crime