Thursday, 30 September 2010

Will a clown win the Brazilian elections?

This week presidential elections are taking place in Brazil.
Bloggers and newspapers have been talking about the popularity of a professional clown!

Here are some recommended strating points for finding out more established facts about the election!
IFES has a country guide to the system and results from previous elections.
The BBC has some succinct candidate profiles and links to the latest news stories.
the Tribunal Superior Eleitoral is the official electoral commission of Brazil.It contains information about its purpose, organisation, structure and current activities. This includes reports of recent elections and election monioring in Brazil. Users should note that all information is currently offered in Portuguese only.
Observatorio Electoral Latin America
Provides access to information about parliamentary and presidential elections in Latin American countries. Each section contains a country profile, background information on the electoral system and recent election results. Many of the country profiles also contain historical datasets of election results for downloading plus papers.
Observatoire Politique de l'Amérique latine et des Caraïbes (OPALC) is a major research body of staff, students and researchers based at Sciences Po, France. It organises events, researches and publishes on all aspects of Latin American politics. Its site currently includes discussion (in French) about Brazilian politics and elections.

Some useful blogs covering the elections are:
The Foreign Policy Association has a Brazil blog
OpenDemocracy Net has some recent discussion of Brazilian elections and politics.
The Brazil Portal managed by Woodrow Wilson International center for Scholars has materials from earlier in 2010.
Finally Eleitor is a useful intiative, created by a consortium who include (Global Voices, CDI) which is monitoring the conduct of the elections. It is using web 2,0 services such as Twitter and Google maps to record instances of fraud.

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