(MOSCOW) ELECTION REPORT: A Smart Voting app devised by jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been removed from Apple and Google stores on the day Russians start voting in parliamentary elections.

#AceNewsReport – Sept .18: President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party is expected to win: Although a total of 14 parties are taking part in the vote, many candidates seen as anti-Putin are barred from running, including anyone associated with Navalny’s opposition movement. Some prominent Kremlin opponents have been forced to leave Russia.

#AceDailyNews says opposition smart app removed as vote begins after Russian authorities had threatened to fine the two companies if they refused to drop the app, which told users who could unseat ruling party candidates after Parliamentary and local elections began on Friday and will last three days:

A specialist disinfects ballot boxes at a polling station during a three-day parliamentary election in Rostov-on-Don, Russia September 17, 2021
The vote has been extended to three days because of the Covid pandemic

Voters are electing 450 MPs for the Duma (parliament) in Moscow and a number of cities have introduced electronic voting. For the first time since 1993, election observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will not be present due to “limitations” imposed by Russian authorities.

EPA: Public video feeds of voting have been banned but official observers were allowed to watch

Navalny was jailed immediately on his return from Germany in January, having recovered from a nerve agent attack in Siberia.

The Smart Voting app was not available for download on both the Google and Apple stories in Russia on Friday.

On the eve of the election, senior officials at the communications regulator threatened big fines for any companies that “systematically violate” its demands. IT companies had been warned that refusing to remove the app would be seen as illegal interference in the vote.

On Thursday night, Google Docs went down in some regions and the Smart Voting-bot on the Telegram platform came under a powerful attack aimed at taking it offline.

Google and Apple representatives met a Russian Federation Council (upper house of parliament) commission on Thursday.

Navalny ally Ivan Zhdanov said the two companies were making a big mistake. 

He linked to an Apple statement that explained the Smart Voting app had been removed because it was illegal in Russia and that Navalny’s FBK anti-corruption organisation had been designated as extremist.

Russia’s communications watchdog blocked the Smart Voting website earlier this month, and a Moscow court banned search engines from any mention of it.

Until now, relatively small fines have been imposed on non-Russian tech companies, including Twitter and Facebook, for not deleting content considered illegal by the Russian government. But the media watchdog has now threatened to target their turnover too.

Last March, the media watchdog said it was slowing down the speed of Twitter because it had failed to remove 3,000 posts relating to suicide, drugs and pornography. 

The big social media companies were also threatened with fines if they did not delete posts urging young people to protest.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.18: 2021:

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(LEBANON) JUST IN: Parliament Report: Protestors demand new leadership but not elected from the elite and they choose a billionaire #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.31: Protestors in Lebanon have been demanding new leadership who are removed from the political elite. Instead, Lebanon’s parliament has chosen a billionaire to be its next prime minister.

#AceDailyNews says …Lebanon Chooses Billionaire Najib Mikati as Next Prime Minister who has led Lebanon before, though not without accusations of corruption. The situation only further illustrates the growing gap between Lebanon’s wealthy ruling class and the impoverished population.

MNN ONLINE REPORT:

SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

Credit: Reuters

Pierre Houssney of Horizons International says, “The church in Lebanon right now is in an existential crisis. There’s collapse happening all around them. And there’s so much temptation, especially for the younger generation of believers, to just leave Lebanon, and to believe that narrative that they have no future in Lebanon.”

The header photo shows Najib Mikati. (Photo courtesy of World Economic Forum from Cologny, Switzerland, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.31: 2021:

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(ADDIS ABABA) JUST IN: Election Report: Ethiopia’s ruling Prosperity Party on Saturday was declared the winner of last month’s national election in a landslide, assuring a second five-year term for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.12: The National Election Board of Ethiopia said the ruling party won 410 seats out of 436 contested in the federal parliament. Dozens of other seats will remain vacant ; one-fifth of the constituencies didn’t vote because of unrest or logistical reasons. Ethiopia’s new government is expected to be formed in October.

#AceDailyNews says Ethiopia’s Ruling Party Wins National Election in Landslide Giving PM Ahmed a Second-Fiver-Year Term In Office VOA US reported

FILE - In this Monday, June 21, 2021 file photo, A mother carries her baby on her back as she casts her vote in the general…
VOA REPORT:

The vote was a major test for Abiy, who came to power in 2018 after the former prime minister resigned amid widespread protests. Abiy oversaw dramatic political reforms that led in part to a Nobel Peace Prize the following year, but critics say he is backtracking on political and media freedoms. Abiy also has drawn massive international criticism for his handling of the conflict in the Tigray region has that left thousands of people dead.

June’s vote, which had been postponed twice because of the COVID-19 pandemic and logistical issues, was largely peaceful, but opposition parties decried harassment and intimidation. No voting was held in the Tigray region.

Abiy has hailed the election as the nation’s first attempt at a free and fair vote, but the United States has called it “significantly flawed,” citing the detention of some opposition figures and insecurity in parts of Africa’s second most populous country.

200-plus complaints

The leader of the main opposition Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice party, Berhanu Nega, lost while opposition parties won just 11 seats. The Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice party has filed 207 complaints with the electoral body over the vote.

Popular opposition parties in the Oromia region, the largest of Ethiopia’s federal states, boycotted the election. The ruling party ran alone in several dozen constituencies.

The head of the electoral board, Birtukan Mideksa, said during Saturday’s announcement that the vote was held at a time when Ethiopia was experiencing challenges, “but this voting process has guaranteed that people will be governed through their votes.”

She added: “I want to confirm that we have managed to conduct a credible election.”

Voter turnout was just more than 90% among the more than 37 million people who had been registered to vote.

The Prosperity Party was formed after the dismantling of Ethiopia’s former ruling coalition, which had been dominated by Tigray politicians. Disagreements over that decision signaled the first tensions between Abiy and Tigray leaders that finally led to the conflict in the region in November.

Though Abiy hinted in 2018 that Ethiopia will limit a prime minister’s terms to two, it is not clear whether he will act on that.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.12: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON,D.C.) JW REPORT: Announces emails show how the state agency successfully pressured Facebook to censor Judicial Watch’s post about Iowa’s management of its voter rolls #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.05: Included in these records were emails from Iowa state officials to representatives of Big Tech pressuring these companies to remove Judicial Watch’s posts:

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch announced today that it received 624 pages of records from the office of the Secretary of State of Iowa, revealing how state officials pressured social media companies (Twitter and Facebook) to censor posts about the 2020 election: Records Show Iowa State Officials Coordinated with Big Tech to Censor Election Posts & the records show communications between the Secretary of State’s office and representatives of Facebook and Twitter to Target Judicial Watch Posts.

Judicial Watch received the records as a result of a June 2020 Iowa Open Records lawsuit that was filed after the Iowa Secretary of State failed to comply with a February 2020 request for records and communications about a Judicial Watch report regarding the accuracy of the state’s voter registration rolls (Judicial Watch v. Iowa Secretary of State (No. 05771 EQCE085973)). Judicial Watch was represented by Iowa lawyer Alan R. Ostergren of Des Moines, Iowa.

The records show that officials in the Iowa Secretary of State office on multiple occasions contacted officials from Facebook and Twitter to try to have these companies remove Judicial Watch posts that raised concernsabout Iowa’s failure to maintain accurate election rolls.

On February 3, 2020, at 5:19 p.m., Kevin Hall, the communications director for the Iowa Secretary of State, wrote in a February 3, 2020, email to Facebook official Rachel Holland:

Rachel,

We’ve been playing whack-a-mole with this false story all day. Is there anything you can do to help: [likely https://www.facebook.com/JudicialWatch/posts/10157583458431943]  

We’ve told them is fake. They have it PINNED to the top of their page. 

Here’s our rebuttal: https://sos.iowa.gov/news/2020_02_02.html

Holland responded at 6:11p.m., writing:

Hi Kevin, 

Circling back with an update regarding the content posted by Judicial Watch. Our third-party fact checkers have rated this content false, and we have applied a filter over the content warning users before they click to see it that the content has been rated false by independent fact checkers.

Please continue to report violating content to us by emailing reports@content.facebook.com, and copying me (RachelHolland@fb.com), as I will be on an airplane for the next couple hours. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any other matters. 

A couple of hours later, Hall followed up, “Thank you! They have new posts up, doubling down on the false claims.” 

And Holland responded, “Thanks for flagging- we’ve got a full team with eyes on this now and are applying the false filter to similar articles as well. I’ll send you an additional update shortly!” 

That same day, Hall and Maria Benson, the director of communications at the National Association of Secretaries of State, both tried to convince Twitter to censor Judicial Watch’s posts but were ultimately unsuccessful. 

Hall filed a report with Twitter, and Benson escalated it by looping in Kevin Kane from Twitter. On February 3, 2020, Benson wrote, “Iowa Secretary of State has reported the below election misinformation, but Twitter has declined to take it down. As you can see from facts the tweets are clearly wrong. I wanted to bring this to your attention to hopefully remedy the situation. I’ve cc’d Kevin Hall, their Communicators Director.”

Kane responded rejecting the request saying, “Thanks Maria – This was reviewed by our team and is not in violation of our election integrity policy as it does not suppress voter turnout or mislead people about when. where. or how to vote. I understand this is not the outcome you are seeking and appreciate you continuing to report Tweets to our team.”

In an email the next day, Hall wrote to Kane saying, “Facebook, thankfully, was helpful. I would suggest perhaps reviewing your policies at Twitter and putting them more in line with what Facebook is doing to counter election misinformation.” 

After being rejected by Twitter, Benson emailed Brian Scully, an official at the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, writing on February 3, 2020: 

Hey Brian,

Can you report this as well? Hannity is now retweeting and Twitter isn’t playing ball with us. I’ve cc’d Kevin Hall who you met Saturday. He’s IA SOS’s Communications Director. He’s been reporting and playing wack a mole by trying to reply to misleading tweets.

Scully responded promising to contact Twitter. “Sorry … been out of pocket a bit. Will reach out to Twitter. Let me know if you get something.”

“These records are yet another example of state officials conspiring with Big Tech to deny Americans their First Amendment rights,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These records further show that Big Tech censorship is a government scandal: Iowa government officials worked with Facebook to remove posts they didn’t like, and Facebook bowed to this political pressure immediately. It should be disturbing to all Americans that government officials are working to censor speech they disagree with and that these behemoth companies often seem willing to roll over and censor free speech.”

Judicial Watch last week released records from the office of the Secretary of State of California revealing how state officials pressured social media companies (Twitter, Facebook, Google (YouTube)) to censor posts about the 2020 election. Included in these records were “misinformation briefings” emails that were compiled by communications firm SKDK, that lists Biden for President as their top client of 2020. The records show how the state agency successfully pressured YouTube to censor a Judicial Watch video concerning the vote by mail and a Judicial Watch lawsuit settlement about California voter roll clean up.

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TUNISIA: ‘ ESSEBSI SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT AFTER SECOND ROUND OF VOTING ‘

#AceWorldNews – TUNISIA:Dec.31:Tunisia’s Beji Caid Essebsi has been sworn in as president after a second round of voting in landmark polls in the country, Al Arabiya reported.

The 88-year-old won the runoff election in December with 55.7 percent of the vote, while interim President Moncef Marzouki garnered 44.3 percent.

A total of 27 candidates stood in the first round of the election, which was held in November.

#ANS2014

#election, #president, #voting

JERUSALEM: ‘ NETANYAHU CALLS FOR SNAP ELECTION AFTER FRACTIOUS ARGUMENTS WITH RIGHT WING COALITION ‘

#AceWorldNews – JERUSALEM – Dec.03 – Israel will hold a snap election on March 17, AFP reported, citing the parliament’s spokesman as saying on Wednesday.

The decision was made after consultations between different parties, Eran Sidis said.

The procedure to adopt a law to dissolve parliament would begin on Wednesday. Israel National news reported. 

Following a crisis within fractious, mostly right-wing coalition government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for early elections on Tuesday.

He had also fired two ministers, accusing them of “acting against the government from within” and hatching a plot to overthrow him.

#ANS2014 

#consultations, #election, #parliament, #parties

JAPAN: ‘ SHINZO ABE MAY DISSOLVE LOWER HOUSE FOR A SNAP ELECTION BEFORE END OF YEAR ‘

#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – Nov.13 – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told senior officials of the ruling coalition that he may dissolve the Lower House for a snap election before the end of the year, the Asahi Shimbun reported.

The move is being considered after postponing a proposed consumption tax hike in October 2015 for 18 months. The proposed date for the snap election is December 14, while December 21 could be the second option.

The general election will be the first since the December 2012 poll, in which the LDP returned to power with a landslide victory.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to have opted for early election, a senior official within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party told the media, Jiji news agency reported.

“It looks like Shinzo Abe has finally made up his mind and it’s fair to consider that he decided to go to the people,” Tadamori Oshima asid, according to a former deputy chief of the party.

Sankei newspaper revealed reports on Wednesday that Abe was considering calling a general election for December and postponing tax increases.

RT 

#ANS2014

#election, #officials, #ruling, #tax, #victory

` One Afghan Business Woman's Views on the `Afghanistan Election ' and her Right to Vote '

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – April 05 – As more women have turned out to vote than was first thought, this is one woman’s view on the election and her right to vote.

Apologies cannot add the Video so please follow link below

Courtesy of VOA http://www.voanews.com/content/afghan-women-await-poll-results-with-trepidation/1886962.html  

http://pd.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/atc/2014/04/20140403_atc_afghan_women.mp3?dl=1

ANS2014

#ans2014, #afghanistan, #election, #vote, #woman

#AceWorldNews says ATHENS Reuters Greek opposition leader Alexis…

#AceWorldNews says ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek opposition leader Alexis Tsipras said on Sunday he will not support any candidate for president in spring 2015, in the hope of forcing a parliamentary election.

#athens, #election, #greek, #parliamentary, #reuters