Posts Tagged ‘Elections’

Pasifika Pastor for Mayor

Friday, September 20th, 2013

In the race to be Auckland’s next mayor Rev Uesifili Unasa is asking voters to embrace the city’s diversity. He told Pacific Scoop his message to voters is to use the mayoral race as an opportunity to think differently about Auckland’s multiculturalism, and to “unite our differences”. He says he stands as an independent mayoral Read more

Timor Lesté has a new president

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Timor Lesté has a new president. He is former guerrilla and defence chief Taur Matan Ruak. Ruak won 275,441 votes, or 61.23 per cent, while Francisco Guterres, known as “Lu Olo”, took 174,386, or 38.77 per cent, according to a count announced on Tuesday 17 April Throughout his campaign Ruak reinforced his military image. Like Lu Read more

Caritas takes on voter education in PNG

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The Electoral Commission in PNG is again partnering with Caritas PNG to provide voter education on election issues.

Electoral Commission representative Alice Guguna said the awareness was a civic-voter education strategy to educate people in the remote areas on the election process and their right to vote freely, fairly and safely.

Caritas PNG has been a long-time partner of the commission in educating the people on the election process.
It has produced awareness materials such as posters, leaflets and brochures to educate the people on the importance of casting their votes without being intimidated.

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Philippines court orders arrest of Arroyo

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

A Manila court today issued a warrant for the arrest of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo following the filing of electoral sabotage charges against her by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

A Church-based poll monitor supported the charges, saying there is a need to “put closure to the anomalies during the 2004 and 2007 elections.”

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Hutt candidates debate Euthanasia

Friday, November 11th, 2011

All five Hutt South candidates would support a bill on assisted euthanasia to at least the select committee stage, voters were told last night.

About 30 people gathered at the Petone Library to hear the candidates – plus New Zealand First’s Rongotai candidate Brent Pierson – tell them why they should get their vote.

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Election times and false prophets

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Election times are almost with us. Beware of “millennial cargo cult” politicians!  Why the strange language? Well, it aptly describes a dangerous type of politician and political policy. Millenarian cults are social movements common throughout history. They proclaim for devoted believers the destructive end of one era and the dramatic coming of another more perfect Read more

Church leaders urge voters to choose social justice

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

A week or so ago the leaders of five New Zealand churches, those usually referred to as “mainline”, issued an election-time statement to the nation, urging voters to choose social justice It is entitled “Towards a Robust Society.”  Garth George presents some excerpts from the essay. “Every three years,” they say, “the electoral cycle reminds us of the Read more

Pray for Tonga as it prepares for giant leap

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

On November 25, the majority of Tonga’s MPs will be elected by ordinary Tongans. History will be made as this is the first time MP’s will be elected in this way. Things happen slowly in Tonga. Widespread consultation with Tongans resulted in a parliamentary and election report resulting in the 12 month adjournment of Parliament. Read more