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Scotland Votes on Independence
Edinburgh
By Monique Jaques
16 Jun 2014

It is now just over a couple of days from the Scottish Referendum vote and recent polling has the Yes and No campaigns a few points apart. What looked like an unlikely occurrence is now looking more and more possible. Recently UK conservative parties announced more financial incentives for Scotland to stay in the UK union, showing signs of weakness and doubt. Finances are a key factor in independence as Scotland has rich oil reserves and experts estimate that is they secede the region could be the 14th richest country.

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Protests in Malaysia against alleged ...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By U.S. Editor
08 May 2013

By Phillippa Stewart, Kuala Lumpur
Read Full Article Here: http://transterramedia.com/media/17361

Malaysian protestors have defied the police ban to rally against election results. Thousands of protestors risked arrest to attend a rally protesting against what opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has called “the worst electoral fraud” in Malaysia’s history.

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Protests in Malaysia against alleged ...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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08 May 2013

Umbrellas and flags in the rain at opposition rally.

Protests in Malaysia against alleged “fraudulent” election
Malaysian protestors defy police ban to rally against election results
By Phillippa Stewart, Kuala Lumpur
Thousands of protestors risked arrest to attend a rally to protest against what opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has called “the worst electoral fraud” in Malaysia’s history.

Local election watchdogs have also questioned the results of the election.

A joint report released Wednesday by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and the Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) said that the election was “only partially free and not fair.” http://ideas.org.my/?p=6799

The report said the election was carried out “on a very uneven field” citing: a pro-government media bias in mainstream media, lack of transparency in campaign spending, questions over the lack of trust in the integrity of the electoral roll, the impartiality of the Election Commission, exploitation of racial issues, and unreliable indelible ink.

The United States and European Union also acknowledged concerns over electoral “irregularities,” according to AFP.

The government has denied any wrongdoing.

Dressed in black protestors packed into Kelana Jaya stadium on the outskirts of the capital; cars left abandoned on the motorway.

Waving flags, blowing vuvuzelas and rocking out to upbeat tunes the mood was more festive than fearful. Opposition leaders roused the crowds with statements like: “we will win the war”, “today we start the fight back” and “reformasi” (reform).

Aman Shah Ahmad, 47, a construction work was helping his brother sell black t-shirts at the entrance to the stadium.

“We have problems with authoritarian rule. Everything looks democratic but there’s lots of hanky-panky going on behind the scenes. I want the election result to be reviewed. We want a re-election. Please tell the world,” he said.

Asked if he was afraid of being arrested, he said: “how are the police going to arrest all of us? There’s not enough space in the police stations to luck us all up!”

Mukhzani Alia, 18, a student, said: “we want change in the government. They’ve spent the last 55 years cheating on us, it’s time for change.”
Sharon Balon, 22, and her family were outside the stadium holding yellow flowers and anti government placards.
“We’ve had to leave the stadium,” she said. “It’s too hot in there – so many people. We are all so angry, that’s why we’re here tonight.” Malaysia’s state news agency, Bernama, reported that the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Ismail Omar, had warned that rally participants would be arrested. http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v7/newsindex.php?id=948221

Evoking the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, the police said the rally was illegal because organisers did not apply for a police permit for the event. Organisers must also inform the police 10 days before an event.

According to AFP, the opposition acknowledged the rally was “not within the letter of the law.”

However, there was no visible police presence at the rally.

Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, was returned to power Sunday, although with a reduced majority. The Barisan Nasional coalition has been in power since 1957.

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Opportunity for Change 2
Caracas, Venezuela
By Sergio Alvarez
08 Apr 2013

Many consider Henrique Capriles to be a better candidate for change than opponent Nicolas Maduro, who was appointed by Chavez before his death. Here, Capriles Radonski addresses the crowd in search of votes for Sunday's presidential elections, which is the second one in less than 6 months.

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Kenyan Civil Society Members Move To ...
Nairobi, Kenya
By evans
09 Mar 2013

Members of the public leave Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi after the ruling of a case filed by AfriCOG organization to block the tallying of votes whereby it was rejected. ICC Suspect Uhuru Kenyatta was leading followed by the Jubilee presidential candidate Raila Odinga as Kenyans waited to hear the results of the new president.

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Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga
Nairobi, Kenya
By marukophoto
09 Mar 2013

The Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga who was a Presidential candidate, addresses press conference in Nairobi soon after the election results were announce by the IEBC.
Odinga claimed there was massive tampering of the results, that some figures were cooked and he promised to provide evidence.

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Kenyan Civil Society Members Move To ...
Nairobi, Kenya
By evans
08 Mar 2013

A Court in Nairobi is seated to hear a case that was filed by AfriCOG organization to block the tallying of votes whereby it was rejected. ICC Suspect Uhuru Kenyatta was leading the election, followed by the Jubilee presidential candidate Raila Odinga as Kenyans wait to know the results for the new president.

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Kenyan Civil Society Members Move To ...
Nairobi, Kenya
By evans
08 Mar 2013

Judges David Majanja(left),Isaack Lenaola(centre) and Weldon Korir at Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi during the ruling of a case filed by AfriCOG organization to block the tallying of votes whereby it was rejected. ICC Suspect Uhuru Kenyatta was leading the election, followed by the Jubilee presidential candidate Raila Odinga as Kenyans waited to know the results of the new president.

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Kenyan Civil Society Members Move To ...
Nairobi, Kenya
By evans
08 Mar 2013

Lawyers at Milimani Law Court during the rulling of a case that was filed by AfriCOG organization to block the tallying of votes whereby it was rejected. ICC Suspect Uhuru Kenyatta was leading the election followed by the Jubilee presidential candidate Raila Odinga as Kenyans waited to hear the results of the new president.

PHOTO:PETER OBUYA

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Kenyans Vote In General Elections (3 ...
Machakos, Kenya
By evans
05 Mar 2013

IEBC Official empties a ballot box at Mitutini polling centre in Machakos for counting during the First Kenya's General Elections after the New Constitution.

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Kenyans Vote In General Elections (9 ...
Machakos, Kenya
By evans
04 Mar 2013

A voter Passes past a ballot box at Machakos polling centre during the first General Elections in Kenya in the New Constitution.

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Kenyans Vote In General Elections (4 ...
Machakos, Kenya
By evans
04 Mar 2013

Voting takes place at Machakos polling centre during the first General Elections in Kenya in the New Constitution.

PHOTO:PETER OBUYA