Bosnia and Herzegovina is preparing for a general election on Sunday, 2 October. Here we explain how the election works, who the main parties and candidates are, and what the likely outcome might be in a country said to have the most complicated system of government in the world. How did Bosnia end up with the world’s most complex administration? The Balkan country of about 3.2 million is facing a difficult set of choices in its ninth general election since the first multi-party vote in 1990. At the time, Bosnia was still a part of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia — a communist country that soon crumbled and set off a series of wars and conflicts between 1991 and 1999. As one of the seven independent states that came out of the breakup, Bosnia experienced its own war between 1992 and 1995. Until recently, it was considered the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. Bosnia remains extremely vulnerable to the increased nationalist … [Read more...] about Bosnia election explained: How does it work? Who is running? Who is likely to win?
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Andy MacDonald / Stuff People say they will vote in New Plymouth, but so far only 6% of those eligible have done so. Local elections have been attracting a record low turnout across the country . In New Plymouth, of the over 61,000 eligible people, only 6% had cast their vote as of Thursday. We asked passersby on Devon and Gill streets whether they had voted, and what they thought of the low turnout. READ MORE: 'Ring fence' bill to protect New Plymouth's $346m investment fund to go before Parliament New Plymouth's mayoral battle not so clearcut as all that Mayoral candidates divided over staff levels at NPDC Maddy Siffleet said she was planning on voting before the polls close at 12pm on Saturday, October 8. “I haven’t [voted] yet, but I will. “I just haven’t really thought about it. I’ve just been busy with work and life,” she said. Judah Amrie said he had got his papers, and although he planned to vote he had not “gotten around” to it yet. Amrie, … [Read more...] about Local Elections 2022: New Plymouth ready to vote – but not yet
With little more than a week before voting closes, voter apathy appears to have a massive majority in New Plymouth’s local government election. As of Thursday, just 6% of voters, or 3676 of the 61,278 eligible, had voted, with the campaign on course to attract even less than the record low of 45% who bothered to have their say in 2019. Despite New Plymouth’s election featuring many candidates across several wards, and a mayoral race being contested by eight candidates, the district’s voter numbers fall well below Stratford’s 12% and South Taranaki’s 12.7%, even though those elections have all but been decided in the majority of their wards. However, New Plymouth voter apathy matched many districts around New Zealand, with the likes of Wellington recording just a 5% turnout to date and Auckland around 8%, with the countdown to polls closing at midday on Saturday, October 8, looming. READ MORE: Explainer: How voting in Nelson's council elections will work in 2022 Large … [Read more...] about Concerning voter turnout for New Plymouth District as election deadline looms
Published 5 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Conservative MPs in the north of England have called on the prime minister not to abandon her predecessor's levelling-up agenda. Members of the influential Northern Research Group (NRG) said Liz Truss needed to take "urgent action". The policy was promised in the party's 2019 election manifesto. Carlisle Tory MP John Stevenson, who was elected as chairman of the NRG earlier this month, urged Ms Truss to "double down on levelling up". He said: "That requires both short-term action in the form of tax cuts and investment in public services and, in the long term, finding ways to boost the productivity of towns and cities that have struggled for decades to retain talent and attract private investment." The NRG was founded by a number of Conservatives who took so-called red wall seats from Labour at the 2019 … [Read more...] about Northern Tory MPs urge Liz Truss not to abandon levelling up
Published 56 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Liz Truss will meet the head of the UK's independent economic forecaster later after days of market turmoil. In an unusual move, the prime minister and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng will meet the chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to discuss the fallout after last week's mini-budget. The watchdog offered to prepare a draft forecast in time for the mini-budget but it was not taken up. A group of MPs has called for the forecast to be released "immediately". The Treasury Select Committee said the lack of this forecast before last Friday's announcements had "in some part driven the lack of confidence in the markets". News of the meeting with OBR chairman Richard Hughes came as a new poll gave Labour a 33 percentage point lead over the Tories. Five key exchanges from Liz Truss interviews … [Read more...] about Mini-budget: PM to meet head of OBR following market turmoil
Published 27 October 2020 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Warrington is the latest area to move into the top tier of Covid-19 measures as infection rates continue to rise. Tier three restrictions came into force at midnight in the Cheshire town - two days earlier than originally planned. Council leader Russ Bowden said it was the right decision to move Warrington into the "very high" Covid alert level. "This is a public health imperative. What we need to do is protect the lives of our residents," he said. "And - obviously alongside that - [it is about] protecting businesses and jobs here in the town". He added that one of the main concerns was the "way the cases have propagated into the older working age population and particularly those people above 60". Check the restrictions where you live Warrington, … [Read more...] about Covid-19: Warrington moves into tier 3 restrictions