Election News

The Ecuadorian presidential election took place yesterday and it seems likely that a runoff election may be needed. Despite celebrations by the incumbent president Rafael Contigo and his hand-picked successor Lenín Moreno, no candidate has secured enough votes to win outright.
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The ballot is stronger than the bullet

 Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) The 16th President of the United States
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The major US news networks that make up the National Election Pool have enjoyed a monopoly over the collection of exit polling data for almost three decades. However, the 2016 presidential election saw the emergence of some new, digitally minded individuals involved in exit polling. Continue reading

Digital Democracy and Participation for Cooperatives

In our first blog series on cooperatives, we will introduce you to what they are and the different forms they take. Read on to learn more.

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Election News

The Somali President has been elected despite security threats posed by Al-Shabaab. On Wednesday evening, crowds cheered and celebrated the election of their new president. Read more about this historic and symbolic election in the war-torn country below.

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Many see the advent of social media as a boost for democracy. Information is now shared through cyberspace unfettered by government or media censorship, allowing people to participate freely in democratic discourse. However, when exit polls and twitter mix it can have negative consequences for democracy. Here’s why. Continue reading

Digital Democracy

In 2015 the speaker’s commission published a report “Open Up!” recommending a series of changes and policy recommendations to keep parliament up to date in today’s digital world. Some of the changes were radical, some were less so and most of them made sense. The report gives us a fantastic starting point from where we can explore Digital Democracy further in the coming weeks. Continue reading

It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting.

Tom Stoppard (1937-), a Czech-born British playwright
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Much like exit polls, opinion polls are surveys which ask members of the public certain questions relating to politics and elections. However, there are a number of key features which distinguish opinion polls from exit polls. Continue reading

Create an Election Calendar to stave off chaos

With an Election calendar, simplify the management of your vote and avoid sinking into the quicksand that is organizational chaos! With our tips, you can set up your voting calendar simply, quickly and effectively.

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Exit polls are surveys which ask people how they voted directly after leaving the polling station. Since maintaining the secrecy of the ballot is a pillar of democracy, conducting exit polls is the only way to gain insights into how and why people voted in a particular way on election day.  Continue reading