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September 07 2013

Building a better election map | World news |

Building a better election map | World news |

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about maps this election. Australia has an interesting problem when showing election results on a map – because of our vast landscape, with population centres clustered at the edges, the electorates do not align very well with geography.

Federal seats range from a meagre 30 sq km in the inner city seat of Wentworth to the sprawling 1,587,758 sq km Western Australian electorate of Durack.

Because of this, it’s very hard to present at a glance election results in a geographic form.

#election #mapping

February 25 2013

The longest Elections in the history of Egypt

Egypte actus's curator insight, February 23, 3:25 AM

And President Morsi has called for Parliamentary elections next 27 & 28 April 2012 according to presidential decree 134 for year 2013.

 The elections will be as follows :

The parliamentary elections will be held on four stages starting from “27th of April 2013”

The first session of the Senates council will be held on 6th July 2013 at 11 AM.


The first stage :The first stage will be held in Cairo ,Beheira , Minya , Port Said and North Sinai on 27 & 28 April 2013.The elections’ runoffs will be held on 4 & 5 May 2013.


The second stage :The second stage will be held in Giza , Alexandria ,  Sohag , Bani Sawif, Aswan, Suez , Red Sea , New Valley on 15&16 May 2013 The elections’ runoffs will be held on 22 & 23 May 2013.

The third stage :The third stage will be held in Dakahlia , Qalyubia , Monufia , Qena , Damietta, Luxor , Matrouh and South Sinai on 2&3 June 2013The elections’ runoffs will be held on 9&10 June 2013

The fourth stage:The fourth stage will be held in Sharkia , Gharbia,  Assuit , Kafr El Sheikh ,Fayoum and Ismailia on 19&20 June 2013The elections runoffs will be held on 26 & 27 June 2013.


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December 15 2011

Where is the OkCupid for elections?

OK Candidate and ElectnextTo date, we've generally been more adept at collecting and storing data than making sense of it. The companies, individuals and governments that become the most adept at data analysis are doing more than finding the signal in the noise: They are creating a strategic capability. Sometimes, the data comes from unexpected directions. For instance, OkCupid's approach to dating with data has earned it millions of users. In the process, OkCupid has gained great insight into the dynamics of dating in the 21st century, which it then shared on its blog.

Based upon their success, I wondered aloud at this year's Newsfoo whether a similar data-driven web app could be built to help citizens match themselves up with candidates:

After Tim tweeted the observation, I quickly learned two things:

  1. Albert Sun, Daniel Bachhuber, Ashwin Shandilya and Jay Zalowitz had built exactly that app at the 2011 Times Open Hack Day on the day I posed the question. OkCandidate is a web app that matches up a citizen with a Republican presidential candidate. (There's no comparable matching engine for Barack Obama, perhaps given that Democrats expect that the current incumbent of the White House will be the Democratic Party's nominee in 2012.) OkCandidate presents a straightforward series of questions about a wide range of core foreign and domestic issues with ratings to allow the user to rank the importance of agreeing with a given candidate. The app is open source, so if you want to try to improve the code, click on over to OkCandidate on GitHub.
  2. ElectNext, a Philadelphia-based startup, has focused on solving this problem. The "eHarmony for voters," as TechCrunch describes it, aims to match you to your candidate. I also learned that ElectNext won the Judges' Choice Award at the 2011 Web 2.0 Expo/NY Startup Showcase. In the video below, Joanne Wilson and Mo Koyfman discuss the startup from a venture capitalist's perspective.

The politics of big data

Creating a better issue-matching engine for voters and candidates is a genuinely useful civic function. The not-so-hidden opportunity here, however, may be to gather a rich dataset from those choices in precisely the same way that OkCupid has done for dating. That's clearly part of the mindset here: "The data on individual users we don't share with anyone," ElectNext founder Keya Danenbaum told Fast Company. "But the way we foresee using all this information we're collecting is ... eventually to aggregate that and say something really interesting in a poll type of report."

How news organizations and campaigns alike collect, store and analyze data is going to matter much more. Close watchers of the intersection of politics and technology already think the Obama campaign's data crunching may help the president win re-election. As Personal Democracy Media co-founder Micah Sifry put it back in April, "it's the data, stupid."

Big data is "powering the race for the White House," wrote Patrick Ruffini, president of Engage, an interactive agency in D.C.:

The hottest job in today's Presidential campaigns is the Data Mining Scientist — whose job it is to sort through terabytes of data and billions of behaviors tracked in voter files, consumer databases, and site logs. They'll use the numbers to uncover hidden patterns that predict how you'll vote, if you'll pony up with a donation, and if you'll influence your friends to support a candidate.

Alistair Croll, the co-chair of the Strata Conference, thinks it's a strategic capability. "After Eisenhower, you couldn't win an election without radio," he told me at Strata, Calif., in February. "After JFK, you couldn't win an election without television. After Obama, you couldn't win an election without social networking. I predict that in 2012, you won't be able to win an election without big data."

Strata 2012 — The 2012 Strata Conference, being held Feb. 28-March 1 in Santa Clara, Calif., will offer three full days of hands-on data training and information-rich sessions. Strata brings together the people, tools, and technologies you need to make data work.

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April 23 2010

Sudan: What do we make out of Sudan's elections?

Darfur_mapThe Sudanese voting period ended on April 15, but while the actual voting process has come to an end, a debate about election transparency and credibility has started. The debate involves political parties, international observers and citizens in and outside Sudan.

Let’s start by looking at the opinion of the international community on the election and its credibility. In an article written in Afriquejet titled African Union, IGAD praise Sudan security for peaceful polls :

Considering its recent political history, the numerous challenges relating to the size of the country, the security situation and the political tensions prevailing ahead of the elections the election was a monumental milestone in the history of Sudan.

In the article, AU observer Kunle Adeyemi dismisses protesters who argue that the process was not free and fair:

We agree that the elections were not perfect. However, you do not expect somebody who did not take part to say anything positive. The election was a building block for future elections.

Regionally, in an article written in the Sudan Tribune titled African and Arabs organisations praise the conduct of Sudanese elections.

The statement by the Arab League says:

We cannot say that the Sudanese elections have met international standards, but that does not reduce what has happened, which is an important transition,” said Salah Halima the head of AL mission in Khartoum today

On the other side the AU statement notes that the elections were a great achievement for the Sudanese people”

What happened in Sudan was a historical event and a great achievement for Sudanese people,” said Kunle Adeyemi, who is spokesperson of the AU observer mission in Sudan chaired by John Kufuor the former President of Ghana. “Looking into the fact this is a country that had not had a multi-party election for almost a generation… to say they are free and fair, to the best of our knowledge we have no reason to think the contrary,” he added.

“We have not found evidence of fraud… we saw a vote that was very transparent,” Adeyemi affirmed.

In the blogosphere there are a variety of opinions and perspectives about the credibility and the meaning of this historical event.

A post titled Ruth Messinger: Failed Elections in Sudan: Now What? at Blog All Over the World argues that Obama's carrot and stick policy towards Sudan needs some sticks:

The Obama administration has expressed disappointment in the way these elections were conducted. But press releases are not enough. President Obama's “carrots and sticks” policy of rewarding the Sudanese government for progress towards peace and holding it accountable for undermining peace now requires some sticks. And we are eager to see, in light of Sudan's recent elections, how the White House intends to implement its own stated policy.

At Making Sense of Sudan, Abd al-Wahab Abdalla concludes that the election was ugly. He explains:

Rigging, fraud and corruption, there were. Voters excluded from the poll, last-minute registration and a roundup of voters with hastily-issued residence certificates which may or may not have matched the names on the voters’ roll, all will surely be documented by the observers. These had no material consequence for the outcome of last week’s election in Sudan.

The ugly result of the election was determined long ago by the material forces that have driven Sudanese political life for the best part of forty years. Political organization founded in the means of production was decisively crushed by the May Revolution and instead Sudanese have witnessed the coalescence of political activities around nothing more than proximity to the state and its instruments of power and rent. The only revolutionary alternatives, from the left in the form of the banners of the “New Sudan” raised by the SPLM, and from the right with the Islamists’ slogans of self-reliance, adopted from necessity rather than conviction, have long since succumbed to the lure of the politics of the bazaar.

He continues with his analysis:

Our voters fall into two main categories. Category A is those who have, of necessity or opportunism, joined the loyalty parade. This includes almost all rural voters whose services and livelihoods require government beneficence. It includes anyone who may need a licence to trade. These voters will vote NCP, and the uglier the candidate, the more likely they will vote him in, because the ugliest representative is likely to be the one seated closest to the president and his minions.
Category B is those who have neither material interest nor personal proclivity for this kind of politics. Most of them did not register and most of those who registered did not vote. Observing the trickle of voters at the polling stations last week I would guess that the male population under the age of thirty belongs in its near entirety to category B.

Kayode Oladele of Sahara Reporters reflects on the elections and identifies some values in the Sudanese electoral system that other countries can emulate:

There is one innovative and good side to the Sudan elections which other countries can emulate. They had a combination of the First Past The Post (FPTP) system and a Proportional Representation (PR) system. Under the PR system they had the Women List and the Party List. This encouraged a lot of women to turn out during polling.

Finally, Maggie discusses the delay in announcing official election results:

To many in the South, the NEC’s announcement today came as no surprise, given the significant difficulties in collecting ballot papers and results from local polling stations—some of which are not accessible by road. (In these locations, the United Nations is helping collect elections materials by helicopter). The tabulation of results is complicated for some of the same reasons that the polling process was complex; the number of ballots and the lack of resources at the local level.

Today, an official at the South Sudan Elections High Committee told Enough that the NEC should have listened to the state-level elections committee in the South, who have a better understanding of the logistical constraints and technical challenges that have affected the electoral process in the South than the national body in Khartoum


April 15 2010

Sudan Elections 2010: The good, the bad and the ugly

On April 11, 2010 citizens in Sudan went to the polls for the first time in 24 years. A whole generation that was born, raised, educated and graduated under one totalitarian government rule has been able to cast their vote.

Sudanese elections would pave the road for a 2011 South Sudan referendum, which might change the geographic boundaries of the largest country in Africa forever.

Please join me in finding out what is happening in the Sudan from bloggers in Sudan and the Diaspora.

Writing in her blog post Observing Sudan's elections, Fatma Naib says:

The process was supposed to start from 0800am Mecca time. I arrived at a polling station in central Khartoum, where voting began more than an hour late.

But the delay did little to dim the fervour of several 60-year-old women, who were waiting eagerly for the voting process to start.

I asked some of them of how they felt. Khadija, 63, said that she was excited and this is her “right” as a Sudanese. I noticed that there were a lot of older women and soldiers who came early to cast their vote.

While at the polling station, she noted that there were not many young Sudanese in the 18-35 age group:

I didn't see many young Sudanese in the 18-35 age group. Perhaps this will change in the coming days.

The process was observed by local and international observers. The Carter Center was there and Jimmy Carter, the former US president, came to watch the process unfold. When asked about what he thought of the polling procedures, he said that everything seemed “orderly”.

A member of “Girifna” group (which means We Are Fed Up or  Disgusted) states: “I voted for the first time in my life yesterday in the first Sudanese elections in 24 years”:

I voted for the first time in my life yesterday in the first Sudanese elections in 24 years. The first vote I ever cast was in an election that is rigged and predetermined. I debated whether I should even cast it because all the opposition candidates had pulled out, and there was so much evidence of foul play during the registration period and leading up to the elections, that it seemed pointless. I voted anyway, partly because my candidate was still on the ballot despite having pulled out, and because I wanted to exercise my right to vote against President Bashir and the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

Girifna calls for Observer Missions to stop lending credibility to Sudan’s Elections:

International observer missions have so far been subject to severe government intimidation. The Sudanese government harshly criticized the Carter Center after publication of its report on March 17, 2010 which detailed significant violations in the elections process throughout all stages including fraud and repression of speech and other freedoms. The report also described the uneven playing field for political parties and unequal access to media suggesting technical advises to enable National Election Commission (NEC) to handle the electoral process.  Since then the Sudanese government has on multiple occasions threatened all international observer groups more broadly.  On March 22 President Omar al Bashir publicly threatened to cut off the noses and fingers of internationals who “intervene in internal affairs” and endorsed any delay of elections. He repeated this threat on April 5 in Jazeera State. Threats to international actors who intervene to oppose any postponement of the poll—such as for example, the United States Special Envoy— are conspicuously absent.

In the same article, the group argues that international observers are undermining local observers:

This silent acquiescence by international observer missions in the face of increasing repression also undermines the attempts of local domestic observers to monitor the process. Today, for example, a number of local organisations, all of which have been internationally recognized as independent civil society experts, were summarily informed they would not be permitted to participate as election monitors by the NEC. The NEC refused to provide either a copy of this determination in writing or reasons for the decision. The silence is contributing to the climate of fear and insecurity which is unfolding around the elections, adding to both the apprehension and probability of violence and greater repression.

The Sudan Tribune is of the opinion that the presence of international observers in Sudan serve the interest of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

BlackKush concludes that the whole process is turning out to be a sham:

If the elctions are not going to be free and fare in the North, how will it be in the South? Is it not the same elections, same ballots and same NEC? When there are no explanations, the conspiracy theories abound and I like what I hear, because it goes with what I believe a long time ago that it is going to happen: that SPLM is handing Northern Sudan to NCP and NCP is handing Southern Sudan to the SPLM. That will be the results of the elections, each ensuring their grip in power. And the oppositions parties, they can go to hell.

The opposition have already sensed this and said the SPLM cut a deal with NCP. Are they right? Maybe. Bashir has threatened to postpone the crucial referrundum in the South in 2011 if SPLM withdraw completely from the elections aor asked for delays. For the SPLM, 2011 is much more important than the elections.

Finally, Sudan Thinker questions the role of the United States of America in this historic elections:

why do the US envoy to Sudan and Jimmy Carter seem to express a rather optimistic, albeit cautious views about the event? Well, to answer that, one first needs to notice that the US administration took a position contrary to that of the opposition parties in Sudan.

While many in the opposition wanted the elections to be postponed, the US pressed that they should continue on time, regardless of boycotts and threats of more boycotts by the opposition. This is because America views the historic event within the bigger and more important context in which it is happening: the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which has milestones and a timeline designed to lead to the Southern Sudan referendum in January 2011.

February 12 2010

Is Ghana Ready For e-Voting?

A two-day event which began yesterday; is being organized by the Danquah Institute (DI), a policy think tank, research and analysis centre, to create a national platform for stakeholders to lead the discussion on the possibility of facilitating the adoption of biometric voter registration, and subsequently the e-voting system in Ghana.

The Danquah Institute has hailed the successful conclusion of electronic voting in the world's largest democracy and called on Ghana's Electoral Commission to consider the numerous benefits of electronic voting as demonstrated in this latest poll.

According to Honorable Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Communication,

even though the implementation of both the biometric voter registration which is been handled by the National Identification Authority and e-Voting were practicable in the long term, they could not be introduced anytime soon”.

He also added:

“All political parties have endorsed biometric registration, which is prelude to e-voting and what we are doing here today will help to shape our electoral process in the future, but we do not have the requisite infrastructure for a speedy implementation of the all important projects in the short term”.

Therefore, government should still research more into its implementation by 2016 and not 2012.

Musah Yahaya Jafaru from Graphic Ghana also reported on this event and had this to say;

The Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC); Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan stated; “If the government wouldn't educate the masses including his aged mother in the village about the benefits of e-Voting and how to use it, he wouldn't go in for it”.

He also stressed;

Until we make the people comfortable with the use of the computer, we cannot go e-voting”.

Dr Afari-Gyan said even developed countries such as Britain, Canada and Australia had not subscribed to e-voting and wondered why Nigeria and Kenya wanted to go e-voting.

He cited the increasing use of money by politicians to seek public office, the exaggerated importance of political parties, the involvement of the youth in election violence, strange campaign promises and the use of the media to fuel violence as some of the worrying trends in the country’s elections. He said increasingly people were seeking public office not as a means to serve their people but primarily as a short-cut to fame, influence and wealth.

In a Press Statement by the Danquah Institute titled: Ghana’s Democracy Is Not There Yet, E-Voting May Get Us There.

Hayford from Sydney, Australia commented:

“I feel proud as a Ghanaian that the country has people with such a great level of understanding. I perfectly agree with the above suggestions. If indeed our Electoral Commission really wants a more reliable and credible system of voting in Ghana, then I think the commission should have spearheaded the ideas highlighted above. I want to beg the electoral commission not to down play on the E-voting system but should throw all its weight behind this system. Our women, children and the poor deserve to be spared the fear, anxiety and brutalities associated with the current system the gives room for Kenyan-like situations.”

In my candid opinion and experience working with the National Identification Authority currently registering masses for the creating of a database of all Ghanaians, I support the advice of the current Electoral Commissioner on this subject.

My question is; Is Ghana really ready for e-Voting?

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