Monday, 22 April 2013

Paraquay elections - were they fair? recommended academic resources

Last week Reporters without Frontiers stated that the Paraquay elections were marked by censorship
here are our recommended resources for finding out more
But what do others think?
here are some recommended academic resources.

IFES has background information on the electroal system and past results.
The government department Justicia Electoral has the official lists of candidates and results.
there is also some brief background on the Council of the Americas website
another good starting point is the Ace project which also links to reports assessing the state of the electoral system.

The BBC has a basic timeline of events and some news stories.
Paraquay newspapers with special election specials - containing analysis polls and news stories include
Ultima Horas
La nacion
ABC Color
Mercopress - south Atlantic news agency.

Election observers including the EU and other international agencies. User their websites to find assessments of the conduct of the elections.
EU mission

Background on the human rights and state of freedom in paraquay can be found on these websites.
Amnesty International
US Department of State human rights reports.
LAPOP latin america opnion polls also offers some data about life in the region. It includes assessements of corruption from citizens.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Venezuela elections recommended academic sites

This week Nicolas Maduro succeeded Chavez in the Venezuela presidential elections. see the announcement on the Ministry of the exterior.
Announcements from the Tribunal Supremo and the website of the National Election Authority.

but who is he?
He has an official Facebook site with photographs and messages.
Twitter account.
YouTube videos from the campaigns and earlier

See a profile on the BBC website
There is also a good biography of the CIDOB website (in Spanish)
The Council of the Americas- explains the issues at stake (for Americas)
Newspaper coverage.
Official news agency coverage.
Ultimas Noticias
Noticias 24
El Universal
Prensa latina- Latin American news agency
El Nacional
venezuela ( is an independent website produced by individuals who are dedicated to disseminating news and analysis about the current political situation in Venezuela.) also had coverage and viewpoin ts from the area.

Upside down world also has postings from activists covering the situation.

Overseas coverage of Maduro from El Pais
Wall Street Journal
Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights, a blog hosted by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) has a live election blog of coverage
as did Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Economist blog

finally the following organisations monitored the conduct of the election. so it might be worth checking for updates.
UNASUR - Union of South American nations.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Who has won Montenegro's presidential election?

Find out the facts using our recommended academic resources.
IFES has a genderal guide to the electoral system and past results.
The official presidential website has details on the electoral procedure plus facts about the role of the president in english.
There is an election monitoring centre CEMi (though site seems to be currently down)
CDT is also involved in democratic transition in the region its website has some past reports in english about democratization and elections.
Election monitoring reports are avaibale from the OSCE
Robert Schumann Centre is also analysing the results.
see some new reports from Radio Free Liberty.