Tag Archive for elections

DRC Elections 2012: Observing a Rush to the Polls

Lord McConnell

November 28, 2011 was historic in the DRC; the first ever democratic national election organized by the Congolese themselves. Indeed it was only the second time since independence in 1960 that a multi-party electoral vote would be set to determine the presidential seat.  However, this relatively undeveloped voting system left the electoral process wide open…

The confusion of elections

lordknight

This Tuesday from 10am to 8pm there will be the welcome opportunity to elect a member of the House of the Lords.  Naturally it is completely bizarre that only candidates who would have been eligible to be hereditary peers may stand, but that was the nature of the compromise needed to remove hereditaries from the…

The Big Society

Lord Soley

Clearly there is a problem for David Cameron on the cuts in relation to the big society but a more complex problem is ‘what does it actually mean’? If it is more than contracting out some local authority or government services to voluntary organisations, co-ops etc via a new bank then we need to know the…

Should voting be compulsory?

Lord Norton

Compulsory voting is advocated by some politicians as a means of addressing the problem of political disengagement.   Young people tend to have a low turnout rate but this has worsened in recent decades.  Many people retain an interest in politics but express that interest through pressure group activity rather than through traditional means of joining…