• EC asks political parties to stop poll victory celebrations
    New Delhi, May 2 (IANS): Considering inputs of victory celebrations at some locations during counting of votes for 822 Assembly seats in four states and one Union Territory, the Election Commission on Sunday directed heads of political parties to prohibit these celebrations. The poll panel's order came after it found out about such celebrations by the followers of some political parties in some states despite the commission's two orders issued last month and one on Sunday to
  • Trump supporters storm US Capitol; 4 dead in violence
    Washington, January 7 (PTI): In an unprecedented assault on democracy in America, thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol and clashed with police, resulting in at least four deaths and interrupting a constitutional process to affirm President-elect Joe Biden''s victory in the election. The police, outnumbered by the maskless protesters, had a tough time in managing the mob, as hundreds of protesters breached security and entered the Capitol b
  • Myanmar's first openly gay candidate kindles hopes for LGBT+ rights
    YANGON, October 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Myo Min Htun, who is bidding to be elected as Myanmar's first openly gay lawmaker next month, knows what discrimination feels like in a country where same-sex relations can be punished with 10 years in jail. Rejected at job interviews and repeatedly mocked in the street over his sexuality, Myo Min Htun said he would fight for change and LGBT+ equality if elected on Nov. 8 to the regional parliament in Mandalay, Myanmar's
  • Trump heads to Michigan, Wisconsin in campaign push
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump takes his re-election push to Michigan and Wisconsin on Saturday before launching a tour of western states to shore up support as national polls show him trailing his Democratic rival Joe Biden. Days after recovering from COVID-19 and just two and a half weeks before the Nov. 3 election, Trump is holding rallies around the country to try to secure key battleground states that he won four years ago. The former New York businessman prev
  • Putin says Russia and U.S. should agree not to meddle in each other's elections
    MOSCOW, September 25 (Reuters): President Vladimir Putin called on Friday for an agreement between Russia and the United States to guarantee not to engage in cyber-meddling in each other's elections. In a statement ahead of the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3, Putin called for a reset between Russia and the United States and said he wanted an agreement between the two countries to prevent incidents in cyberspace. "(I propose)... exchanging guarantees of non-int
  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi pulls out of first election trip over coronavirus
    YANGON, September 7 (Reuters): Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi pulled out of the first event of her election campaign on Monday, citing a worsening outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country. The Southeast Asian nation reported 100 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the biggest daily increase since detecting its first infection in March, followed by 45 more on Monday. Suu Kyi, who rules as state counselor, was set to tour the constituency where she is seeking re-election
  • Rohingya politicians excluded from Myanmar election
    YANGON, August 25 (Reuters): Aspiring politician Abdul Rasheed was born in Myanmar and is one of the very few members of the Rohingya Muslim minority to have Myanmar citizenship. His father was a civil servant. But when the country goes to the polls in November, the businessman will not be able to stand as a candidate because officials accuse him of having foreign roots. Rasheed is among at least a dozen Myanmar citizens from the Rohingya Muslim minority who have applied to
  • Harris could help Biden with women, young voters, maybe some Republicans too - Reuters/Ipsos poll
    NEW YORK, August 13 (Reuters): Nearly nine out of 10 Democrats approve of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris as their party's vice presidential nominee, and she is more popular than presidential candidate Joe Biden among women, young voters and some Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday. The Aug. 11-12 public opinion survey also found that 60% of Americans, including 87% of Democrats and 37% of Republicans, considered the selection of Harris - the fir
  • Stacey Abrams warns not to expect a U.S. presidential winner on Election Night
    Reuters Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams warned Americans on Tuesday not to expect to learn the winner of the White House on Election Night Nov. 3, as problems delivering and counting an expected flood of mail-in ballots prompted by the coronavirus pandemic could delay the result and draw a flurry of legal challenges. "The sheer volume of people who will be voting by mail is going to preclude the ability to count those ballots and adjudicate the outcome of the election b
  • Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi confirms contesting for second term
    YANGON, August 4 (Reuters): Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday formally declared her intention to seek a second term in an election in November that is seen as a test of the Southeast Asian nation's tentative democratic reforms. After decades of military rule, Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for campaigning for democracy, took the reins in 2016 after an electoral landslide, but has been forced to share power with the generals. Her international reputation
  • White House Chief of Staff Meadows says U.S. will hold election on November 3: CBS interview
    WASHINGTON, August 2 (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on Sunday that the United States will hold an election on Nov. 3 and that President Donald Trump was raising concerns about mail-in ballots when he floated the idea of delaying the U.S. vote. "We're going to hold an election on November 3 and the president is going to win," Meadows said on CBS' "Face the Nation." Trump on Thursday raised the idea of delaying the Nov. 3 U.S. e
  • Disqualification not the end, says Hong Kong opposition candidate
    HONG KONG, July 31 (Reuters): Hong Kong district councillor Tiffany Yuen's election bid may be over, cut short by the authorities, but the message behind her campaign poster still stands, she said in a social media post on Friday. A day earlier, Hong Kong disqualified Yuen and 11 other pro-democracy candidates from running in a key election, citing reasons including collusion with foreign forces and opposition to the new China-imposed national security laws. The poster Y
  • With election looming, Trump hardens stance against 'Dreamer' immigrant program
    WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, bolstering his tough immigration stance in an election year, said on Tuesday it will reject any new applications for the so-called 'Dreamer' immigrant program and shorten the deportation protections of those whose eligibility is soon to expire. A senior administration official said there would be a lengthy review of a Supreme Court ruling last month that found the administration had erred i
  • Democrats preparing for ‘nightmare scenario’ in which Trump challenges election results
    Reuters Democrats are mounting their most extensive voter protection effort ever to gird for what Joe Biden called his biggest fear: the prospect that President Donald Trump will try to interfere with the Nov. 3 election or refuse to accept its outcome. Interviews with more than a dozen party officials reveal how Democrats, in coordination with Biden's presidential campaign, are preparing for fights over absentee ballots, potential voting recounts and the possibility that Tru
  • Dismissed as 'poor things', three women try to unseat male president of Belarus
    MINSK, July 22 (Reuters): Dismissed by the incumbent as too fragile to run Belarus because of their gender, three women have joined forces to try to unseat President Alexander Lukashenko, a man the United States once called Europe's last dictator. Lukashenko, who has ruled the country for over a quarter of a century, has cracked down to try to snuff out rare and sustained protests against him ahead of a presidential election next month, jailing rivals and arresting dis
  • Ghana's President Akufo-Addo chosen by ruling party for poll rematch against Mahama
    ACCRA, June 27 (Reuters): Ghana's ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has picked incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo as its presidential candidate in this year's election, setting up a third consecutive head-to-head battle against former president John Dramani Mahama.   Akufo-Addo, 76, unseated Mahama in 2016 with 53.8% of the vote, cementing the gold, and cocoa producing West African nation's reputation as a leading democracy in a region that has earned notoriety for po
  • Singapore PM calls July 10 election as virus lockdown lifts
    SINGAPORE, June 23 (Reuters): Singapore will head to the polls on July 10 after its prime minister said he was satisfied a ballot could be held safely despite criticism that such a move might endanger voters during the coronavirus pandemic.   The tiny city-state, which has one of Asia's highest tallies of COVID-19, largely fuelled by mass outbreaks in migrant workers' dormitories, eased strict lockdown rules last week that had been in place for more than two mon
  • Serbians head to polls in Europe's first post-lockdown election
    BELGRADE, June 21 (Reuters): Serbians went to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament in Europe's first national election since coronavirus lockdowns took effect three months ago, with the ruling conservatives expected to win a comfortable majority.   Polling stations were equipped with face masks and hand sanitisers for use by the country's electorate of almost 6.6 million, many of whom were expected to skip voting - partly because of fears of infection.
  • Fierce presidential election erupts in Pacific amid China-Taiwan tussle
    SYDNEY/TAIPEI, June 19 (Reuters): The presidential run-off in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati between a pro-Beijing leader and an opposition candidate sympathetic to Taiwan is the most aggressive campaign in the country's history, according to former president Anote Tong.   The vote, scheduled for June 22, could open the door for Taiwan to reclaim the strategic ally it lost to China last year, with the opposition campaigning on a platform critical of the diplo
  • Months before election, Trump finds himself at odds with most Americans' views
    WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters): The temporary fences that separated protesters from the White House have come down. But its occupant, President Donald Trump, appears to be more isolated than ever.   Recent opinion surveys, including a poll from Reuters/Ipsos this week, continue to show Trump trailing Democratic challenger Joe Biden significantly with just over four months until the Nov. 3 election.   But more revealingly, they show a president increasingly dis