The official registration of hopefuls for Iran’s 11th presidential election has entered its fifth and final day, with over 360 individuals having signed up for the race so far.
A number of prominent figures, including Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, who is a member of the Coalition of Three, and Vice-Speaker of Iran’s Majlis Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard, registered on Saturday.
The political parties taking part in the national dialogue initiated by the Presidency of the Republic agreed on Friday to keep the October 23, 2011, electoral system with some modifications.
"We agreed to maintain the rule of "the strongest will remain" applied during the elections of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) with some improvements", Republican Party Secretary-General Maya Jribi told TAP news agency.
“Our experts have found 25,874 records that are suspected of being duplications in the voters’ list for the elections,” Bledi Cuci, Socialist undersecretary for electoral affairs, said Thursday.
“Our latest extract has also found that 352,237 voters that are recorded in the list do not have an exact address,” he added.
According to Cuci, the most problematic regions where voters do not have an exact address is Tirana, followed by Vlora, Shkodra and Korca.
The National Salvation Front will form a committee within the coming days to discuss its stance on the upcoming parliamentary elections, Magdi Hamdan, a member of the front, said on Wednesday.
The front held a meeting earlier today to discuss whether it will contest or boycott the elections, Hamdan, a member of the Democratic Front Party, told Aswat Masriya.
The meeting was held at the Democratic Front Party headquarters.
Depuis l’annonce de la date des élections, par la Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI), et, plus récemment, la réponse, positive, de la Coordination de l’Opposition Démocratique (COD), à l’initiative de Messaoud Ould Boulkheir, on assiste comme à une espèce d’attentisme, pour ne pas dire hésitation, au sein de la classe politique.
The poll, which was carried out for the TV station by the Italian Piepoli Institute, said 49 per cent of repondents would vote for the Socialist-led coalition in the elections, well ahead of 40 per cent for the centre-right ruling Democratic Party coalition.
The New Democratic Spirit, a splinter group from the ruling Democrats, headed by former President Bamir Topi, would receive 5.5 per cent of the votes and another 5.5 per cent would go to the nationalist Red and Black Alliance.
Reformist candidates in the municipal elections are being threatened against running, an opposition website reports.
The Kaleme website writes that reformist candidates are being summoned by security bodies to be dissuaded from running in the elections.
“While numerous reformists, critics, and progressive former leaders of the country are participating in the city council elections and have officially registered their names, these days they are being contacted and told not to engage in elections activities,” Kaleme writes.
Kuwait’s public prosecution is set to investigate a number of people for allegedly undermining the status of the country’s emir.
The 68 men and women have been referred to the prosecution by the state security agency amid suspicions that they helped disseminate a controversial speech given by opposition leader Musallam Al Barrak for which he was sentenced to five years in prison, local Arabic daily Al Jareeda reported on Thursday.
The Federal National Council’s Committee for Foreign Affairs said it had discussed a number of articles of the federal draft law regarding the establishment of the International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (Hedaya).
El director de la Comisión Electoral de Pakistán (CEP), Fajruddin G. Ebrahim ha comunicado al líder del ejército, el General Kiyani que el plan de seguridad previsto para las elecciones del 11 de mayo es insuficiente, ya que considera que la presencia del ejército puede acabar con las posibilidades de fraude y violencia. De acuerdo a la CEP, hay 12.716 colegios electorales considerados "sensibles".
Le 12 avril dernier, une coalition dénommée le «Front Destourien» fut formée par six partis politiques tunisiens animés par l'ambition de constituer une force politique «moderniste, centriste et réformiste» en vue de perpétuer l'héritage laissé par Bourguiba, le fondateur et premier président de la République de Tunisie.
Un renouveau du Bourguibisme ?
A group of political movements launched on Wednesday a campaign entitled ‘Hanharrarhom’ (We Will Free Them), established to organise popular pressure to release detainees arrested for taking part in revolutionary events.
The launch of the campaign was announced during a press conference held for political detainees. Political movements such as the Al-Tayar Al-Sha’aby (Popular Current), 6 April Democratic Front and the Free Front for Peaceful Change took part in the press conference.
The registration of presidential candidates for the June election in Iran began today, Tuesday May 7, and will continue until Saturday.
Interior Minister Mostafa Najjar announced that the Guardian Council will decide on the eligibility of candidates during five days of deliberation that begin on May 12.
For the first time, the presidential election will take place at the same time as municipal elections.
Abu Dhabi: The Supreme Court’s state security court on Tuesday set May 13 and 14 as the next dates in the trial of a group of Emiratis charged with threatening national security.
At the end of a five-hour session on Tuesday, Presiding Judge Falah Al Hajiri said the court will hear the defence deliberations of the rest of the accused at the next hearing.
Sudan’s National Assembly has decided to suspend its sessions next week in order to enable lawmakers to head to their constituencies and lead a mobilisation campaign in support of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in its ongoing battle with rebel groups which have stepped up their military activities in recent months.
The national assembly speaker, Ahmed Ibrahim al-Tahir directed MPs to go to their states and meet with the local governments in order to mobilise youth to support SAF.
"We want people to defend themselves and offer self-sacrifice” al-Tahir said.