Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Italian elections - find information on these academic sites?

A general election took place in italy on 24–25 February 2013 to determine the 630 members of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the 315 elective members of the Senate
Here are some recommended academic sources.

The Ministry of the interior has an official website which details about regulations.
It also has a specialist section with results from 2013. For older materials see the historical archives.
The government also maintains an opinion poll site.Polls not allowed a fortnight before elections.
Assessments of the conduct of the elections by observer ODIHR

Newspaper coverage
Look at these sites for results and analysis

Corriere della sera
Repubblica - includes background guides to the electoral system

  Politometro- for electorate to find out who to vote for.
   Twitter Square. see how many followers candidates have and topics they are discussing
Termometro Politico - independent political and election news. Good coverage of the polls
You trend a project of Quorum social media and crowd website see electoral maps of participation relating to the elections. Methodology displayed on the website.
Quattrogatti- news site maintained by young professionals. Video content.

Pagella Politica
is an interesting site which claims to check facts from Italian politicians.
Bacheca Politica. also Focuses on political promises from leaders.

Finally the Italian National Election studies website ITANES - has information in English about surveys of the Italian electorate. Note more up to date material on the Italian version.

English language newspapers.

FT News
New York Times blog
Euractive this also has an Italian language observatory.
LSE Europp blog discussion.

Eastleigh by-elections get the facts

This week there will be a by-election in Eastleigh The seat became vacant on the official resignation of Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament (MP) Chris Huhne, who announced his intention to resign on 4 February, following his guilty plea to a charge of perverting the course of justice
Eastleigh Borough Council has official notices about candidates.
UK Polling report has a round up of the latest polls from UK agencies and newspapers.

Political Parties.

Libdem news has a round up of news and views from the LIBDem candidate.The Official libdem website has a statement. Eastleigh Libdems website has campaign information.
Labour Party official candidate site John O farrell twitter articles from the Guardian. Labour List comment from bloggers. Eastleigh labour campaign twitter
Colin Bex Wessex regionalists.
David Bishop elvis loves pets.
Peace Party candidate Jim Duggan,
Howling Laud Hope - real name Alan Hope - Monster Raving Loony Party.
Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings
Diane James UKIP
Iain Maclennan, National health Action Party.
Darren Proctor Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.
English Democrat Michael Walters

News services
The BBC local news website has a list of candidates and their responses to questions from the electorate.

The Guardian has statistics on previous elections and turnout. plus news & discussion
Independent politics coverage
Get local news from the Eastleigh daily Echo
The Spectator blog has commentary from a small by-election in Hampshire - not many dead!
The Politics home website has stories and news
Guido fawkes blog.
Huffington Post coverage.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Cyprus elections - find out more from these recommended resources!

Presidential elections were held in Cyprus on 17 February 2013 as no candidate obtained 50,00% of the vote from the first round. A runoff is scheduled wil be held on 24 February 2013.

See the IFES summary of the Electoral system and previous results.
The ministry of the Interior has an official election website.there is a basic English language page with summaries of the candidates and past election results.

The main candidates all have websites.Mostly in Greek but with links to blogs and other social media as well as campaign videos and other literature.

Nicos Anastasiades
Giorgos Lillikas
Stavros Malas
Praxoula Antoniadou
Makaria-Andri Stylianou
Lakis Ioannou   newspapers include: English language Cyprus Mail
Alithia connected with the leadership of the conservative Democratic Rally party. Phileleftheros

Haravgi- mouthpiece of the Cyprus communist party

Other online news services for the electorate reprting and camparing candidates.
Choose4 cyprus - select the candidate by policy