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Mongolia: Agenda for Autumn 2015 Session of Parliament

(Nov. 7, 2015) On September 20, 2015, the Chairman of the Great State Hural (Parliament), Zandaakhuu Enkhbold, gave a presentation on Mongolia’s economy to the American Chamber of Commerce in UlaanbaatarUlanbatar. Part of his remarks covered the fall agenda for the Great State Hural. Aside from what he termed “the usual suspects” – the 2016 […]

Armenia: Constitutional Amendments to Be Put to a Referendum

(Oct. 29, 2015) On October 8, 2015, the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, signed a decree setting December 6, 2015, as the referendum day for constitutional amendments. (Decree of the President of Armenia No. 754 on Announcement of the Constitutional Amendments Referendum, PASHTONAKAN TEGHEKAGIR [Official Gazette], No. 67 (Oct. 9, 2015) (in Armenian).) The decree had […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: President Adopts Laws on Elections, Traditional Leaders

(Sept. 8, 2015) The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, issued two laws on August 25, 2015. One of the new statutes sets the status of traditional leaders, and the other adopts the pattern of distribution of seats of representatives for each local elective constituency. (DRC Head Enacts Laws Distributing […]

Canada: No Right to Vote in Federal Elections for Long-Term Expats

(July 28, 2015) On July 20, 2015, in Frank v. Canada (Attorney General) (2015 ONCA 536, CANLII), the highest court of Ontario upheld the validity of a section of the Canada Elections Act that prohibits long-term Canadian expatriates from voting in federal elections. In a split decision, the justices of the Court of Appeal for […]

Gambia: Increased Monetary Deposit Requirements for Election Candidates

(July 21, 2015) On July 7, 2015, The Gambia’s legislature passed a bill amending the country’s Elections Act. (Gambia Passes Bill That Increases Deposit for Candidates, ABC NEWS (July 8, 2015); Elections Act (Decree No. 78, 1996, as last amended by Act No. 7, 2009), 1 LAWS OF THE GAMBIA, Cap. 3:01 (2009).) Provisions The […]

Indonesia: Constitutional Court Ruling on Political Office

(July 13, 2015) On July 9, 2015, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court issued a decision revoking a provision of a recent law on regional elections. (Decision No. 42/PUU-XIII/2015, Constitutional Court website (July 9, 2015) (in Indonesian).) It found article 7 of the 2015 law, which prohibits individuals with blood or marital ties to incumbent regional leaders from […]

Japan: Voting Age Lowered from 20 to 18

(June 24, 2015) The Public Office Election Law was amended by Japan’s legislature and promulgated on June 19, 2015 (Act No. 43 of 2015, text of the bill, House of Representatives website (in Japanese)). The amendment lowers the voting age from 20 to 18 years of age. The amended Law will be effective one year […]

Sri Lanka: Small Political Parties Object to Proposed Constitutional Amendment

(June 24, 2015) A number of small political parties in Sri Lanka have stated that they are opposed to a constitutional amendment on the electoral system proposed by the Prime Minister. They are concerned that the amendment would pose a threat to democracy in the country, by providing for less representation of non-majority parties, and […]

Sri Lanka: President Campaigns for Amendment on Electoral Reform

(June 12, 2015) On June 8, 2015, President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka spoke at a rally in support of a proposed amendment of the country’s Constitution that would change the electoral system. It would be the 20th amendment of the document. (Sri Lankan President Campaigns for Passage of Electoral Reforms, COLOMBO PAGE (June 8, […]

Italy: Legislative Electoral Reform (Italicum)

(June 4, 2015) On May 23, 2015, new legislation governing the election of members of the Chamber of Deputies entered into effect. (Provisions Concerning the Elections of the Chamber of Deputies, Law No. 52 (May 6, 2015), GAZETTA UFFICIALE [G. U.] No. 105 (May 8, 2015), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) The Law will apply to national […]