Sanjay Kumar, an election expert and director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, said that: "There is an enormous anger against corruption across India now, which might help the AAP a little. However, AAP will find it very difficult to build a strong party structure and cadre across India with elections just months away." … [Read more...] about Common Man party aims for universal appeal in India’s general election
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Irish general election to be held on 8 FebruaryEven as the cabinet was meeting on Tuesday morning and Mr Varadkar was briefing his Fine Gael party colleagues and other independent ministers on the decision to dissolve the current Dáil, election posters in his Dublin West constituency were going up. … [Read more...] about Irish general election: What’s at stake for the parties?
As well as being employed by St Teresa’s RC primary school in the London borough of Merton, Schneider works across the borough for the Merton music hub. The teacher, whose three sons went to school in Merton, won an award in 2005 for her contribution to the campaign for more nutritious school dinners and was appointed to the then School Food Trust. Her school has been “fantastic” in allowing her unpaid leave for the election campaign, she says. … [Read more...] about ‘It hasn’t been easy being a Tory in education’: meet the teachers standing for election
But there is plenty of unfinished Brexit business in Ireland, north and south. This includes selling the new withdrawal agreement terms in a divided Northern Ireland, ensuring that trade talks with the EU will work for both parts of the island, and making sure that any deal buttresses the peace process. It matters greatly that the next Irish government should be as effective as the outgoing one has been at insisting that Britain lives up to its promises in the Belfast agreement and crafts a Brexit deal that does not threaten it. Neither Theresa May nor Boris Johnson would have done that without the pressure that Dublin rightly brought to bear. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on Ireland’s election: a contest with consequences
Meanwhile, the president of the country's main opposition party predicted a landslide victory for the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), enabling it to implement a wide-ranging programme of economic reforms. Rajnath Singh said that electoral pacts with smaller parties will enable the BJP and its allies to win 300 seats of the 543 being contested. … [Read more...] about India election: parties gear up for polls with new job pledges