Explosions reported in Afghan capital as election voting starts BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Two explosions were reported in Kabul hours after parliamentary election polls opened in Afghanistan. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/explosions-reported-in-afghan-capital-as-election-voting-starts-37440063.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article37440059.ece/19c62/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_e702a321-19ae-4c2d-809c-b75c14a9c7ad_1 Email Two explosions were reported in Kabul hours after parliamentary election polls opened in Afghanistan. Police spokesman Jan Agha said a “sticky bomb” placed under the vehicle of an intelligence official exploded in the Karte Se neighbourhood in the west of the capital. There were no immediate reports of injuries but security officials are on high alert as both Islamic State and the Taliban have vowed to disrupt polling. Earlier, a small explosion frightened voters queuing at a polling station in the Qarabagh … [Read more...] about Explosions reported in Afghan capital as election voting starts
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How the European election voting systems work? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Voters across the UK will go to the polls on May 23 to elect Members of the European Parliament. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/how-the-european-election-voting-systems-work-38125941.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article38125937.ece/bcf0f/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_1b4780c3-8cfd-4542-8189-9edd87d8b08f_1 Email Voters across the UK will go to the polls on May 23 to elect Members of the European Parliament. How does the voting system work in England, Scotland and Wales? Unlike the first-past-the-post system used in general elections, the European contests use the D’Hondt system, a form of proportional representation. Voters choose a single party and the number of elected candidates from each party’s list depends upon the proportion of votes cast. In the first round of counting the party with the most votes wins a seat for the candidate at the top of its list. In the next … [Read more...] about How the European election voting systems work?
Constituencies such as Dublin and Ireland South (Munster and south Leinster) were scheduled to gain a seat because of the UK leaving the EU. However, because the Brexit talks have stalled, the UK - if a withdrawal agreement is not ratified over the coming weeks - may have to contest its own European Parliament elections in May. This will ensure that while the UK runs European Parliament elections the Conservative Government vowed never to hold, other EU countries which were due to gain European Parliament seats will not get them until the UK formally departs. The Taoiseach said Ireland may now have to provide for both potential electoral eventualities. "What we might have to do on the day of the count is count the votes twice," he said. "Once as though (for instance) it might be a five seat (constituency) and one as if it were a four seat (constituency)." Such double counting will significantly lengthen the European Parliament constituency counts in Ireland next May. Mr Varadkar, … [Read more...] about ‘EU election votes may have to be counted twice due to Brexit’
Action is being called for over alleged mishandling of May’s EU elections which saw thousands of EU citizens abroad in the UK turned away from polling booths and many Britons on the continent unable to vote by post. The problems were due to EU citizens in the UK having to fill out an extra form confirming they were not also voting in their countries of origin, and also due to late or non-arrival of Britons’ postal ballots.Pro-EU group New Europeans is pressing for an official enquiry to be held in the UK and 140,000 have signed a petition in support of this (tinyurl.com/y524f6lk).The group has also raised the problem with the European Parliament’s constitutional affairs committee which also passed it to the EP’s ... To read the remaining 85% of this article, you need to either Subscribe now to The Connexion and benefit from access to our archived articles since 2006 Freedom Subscription Pay every three months. Our most flexible … [Read more...] about Groups take action on lost EU election votes
Barely two weeks before Zimbabweans vote in a crucial presidential election, early voting for members of the security services on Sunday and Monday was plagued by delays in the opening of polling stations. They were also reports of shortages of voting materials such as indelible ink, stamps, voter rolls and ballot papers and boxes. Electoral Commission deputy chair Joyce Kazembe told the AP news agency there had been no voting at some of the 210 polling stations on Sunday. She said the main reason was a delay in the printing of election papers. More than 9,000 voting stations are planned across the country for the election scheduled for July 31. Local observers worried Solomon Zwana, chair of the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, a local observer group, told Deutsche Welle correspondent Columbus Mavhunga, the conduct of the pre-election vote had caused serious concerns. "It is only prudent that ZEC ( Zimbabwe Electoral Commission) considers extending the special voting to … [Read more...] about Chaos mars Zimbabwe’s pre-election vote