Law Library of Congress - Global Legal Monitor: Global Legal Monitor: Elections and politics http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?home The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It is updated frequently and draws on information from the Global Legal Information Network, official national legal publications, and reliable press sources. You can search previous news by searching the archive. en-us Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Taipei Ban on Election Banners and Flags http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404121_text Elections and politics; Freedom of speech; Marketing and advertising - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404121_text Global Legal Monitor: Namibia: Electoral Law Amendment Planned http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404040_text Elections and politics; Treaties and International Agreements/Human Rights; Women's rights - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404040_text Global Legal Monitor: Mexico: Senate Passes New Electoral Offenses Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403988_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 22 May 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403988_text Global Legal Monitor: Tunisia: Parliament Passes New Election Laws http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403966_text Elections and politics; Legislative bodies - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 07 May 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403966_text Global Legal Monitor: Maldives: UN Concerned Following Removal of Officials http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403912_text Elections and politics; International organizations; Separation of powers; Supreme court - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403912_text Global Legal Monitor: Thailand: Court Invalidates Election http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403913_text Elections and politics; Judiciary - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).)... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403913_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Party Sues Election Commission over Disqualification http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403900_text Elections and politics; Political parties and affiliations - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU)... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403900_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: New Decree Regulating Presidential Elections http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403894_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403894_text Global Legal Monitor: Italy: Legislation on Public Financing for Political Parties http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403890_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403890_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Campaign Ads Banned Outside Set Election Period http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403884_text Elections and politics; Political advertising - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403884_text Global Legal Monitor: France: New Law Places Limits on Holding Multiple Political Offices http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403872_text Elections and politics; Legislators; Officials and employees - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403872_text Global Legal Monitor: South Korea: Unprecedented Claim Filed with Constitutional Court to Dissolve a Political Party http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403801_text Constitution; Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403801_text Global Legal Monitor: Greece: Measures Targeting Extreme-Right Party "Golden Dawn" http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403738_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403738_text Global Legal Monitor: Maldives: High Court Delays Presidential Vote http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403717_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403717_text Global Legal Monitor: Afghanistan: President Approves New Election Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403662_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403662_text Global Legal Monitor: Italy: Draft Legislation to Eliminate Public Financing for Political Parties http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403612_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403612_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: Supreme Constitutional Court Declares Draft Election Law Unconstitutional http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403492_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403492_text Global Legal Monitor: Russia: New Procedure to Form the Parliament's Upper Chamber http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403446_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403446_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Criteria for Membership in Central Election Committee http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403438_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403438_text Global Legal Monitor: United Kingdom: Bill to Modernize Electoral System Considered http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403266_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403266_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Cyprus Takes over EU Presidency on July 1, 2012 http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403228_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403228_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Campaign Finance Transparency, Accountability, and Restrictions on Future Political Parties http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403155_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 17 May 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403155_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: Administrative Court Suspends Presidential Elections and Its Decision is Appealed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403142_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 11 May 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403142_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: Supreme Electoral Commission Disqualifies Ten Candidates from Presidential Race http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403113_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403113_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: Presidential Candidate Files Lawsuit to Prove That His Mother Is Not an American Citizen http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403100_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403100_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: Law Drafted to Ban Members of Mubarak's Regime from Running in Presidential Race http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403098_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403098_text Global Legal Monitor: Hungary: Groundwork for Campaign Finance Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403083_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403083_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: European Parliament Adopts Resolution Endorsing Women's Preferential Treatment in Elections and High Public Offices http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403056_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403056_text Global Legal Monitor: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights Denies Claim of Violation of the Right to Vote Abroad for Greek Expatriates http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403051_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403051_text Global Legal Monitor: Senegal: Court Permits Candidacy for Third Presidential Term http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402971_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 03 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402971_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: Supreme Council of Armed Forces Approves Provisions Amending Presidential Election Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402965_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 01 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402965_text Global Legal Monitor: Romania: Constitutional Court Holds Election Law Unconstitutional http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402966_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 01 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402966_text Global Legal Monitor: Mongolia: Election Law Amended, New Election System Adopted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402958_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402958_text Global Legal Monitor: Mexico: House of Representatives Considers Bill That Punishes Citizens for Not Voting http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402959_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402959_text Global Legal Monitor: Ukraine: New Rules for Legislative Elections http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402942_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402942_text Global Legal Monitor: Libya: Political Figures Criticize Draft Election Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402937_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402937_text Global Legal Monitor: Libya: Law Criminalizing the Creation of Political Parties Repealed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402940_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402940_text Global Legal Monitor: Liberia: Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to President Sirleaf's Eligibility to Seek Re-Election http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402841_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 06 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402841_text Global Legal Monitor: Paraguay: Referendum on Right to Vote of Paraguayans Residing Abroad http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402838_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 05 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402838_text Global Legal Monitor: Liberia: Supreme Court Ratifies a Constitutional Amendment http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402818_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 27 Sep 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402818_text Global Legal Monitor: Liberia: Supreme Court Suspends Election Campaigns http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402815_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402815_text Global Legal Monitor: Colombia: Amendments to Electoral Code http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402799_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 09 Sep 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402799_text Global Legal Monitor: Zambia: High Court in Lusaka Throws Out Case Questioning Citizenship of Incumbent President http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402774_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402774_text Global Legal Monitor: Syria: Bill Proposed to Allow New Political Parties http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402763_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 02 Aug 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402763_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Court Annuls Election Law Provision Banning Tribunals from Making Declaratory Judgment http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402735_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 06 Jul 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402735_text Global Legal Monitor: Rwanda: Chamber of Deputies Adopts Amendment to Election Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402715_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402715_text Global Legal Monitor: Burundi: Senate Endorses New Law on Political Parties http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402656_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 05 May 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402656_text Global Legal Monitor: Saudi Arabia: Call for a Boycott of Municipal Elections http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402659_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 05 May 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402659_text Global Legal Monitor: Saudi Arabia: Women Seek Participation in Upcoming Municipal Elections http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402637_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402637_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Court of Appeals Upholds High Court Ruling, No Gubernatorial Elections in Five States http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402631_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402631_text Global Legal Monitor: Saudi Arabia: The Municipality Election http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402632_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402632_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: INEC Appeals Court Ruling Exempting Five States from Upcoming Gubernatorial Elections http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402614_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402614_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Constitutionality of Provisions of Electoral Act 2010 Challenged in Court http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402607_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 05 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402607_text Global Legal Monitor: Kosovo: Presidential Elections Declared Invalid http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402594_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402594_text Global Legal Monitor: Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: Constitutional Amendment on Elections http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402511_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 09 Feb 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402511_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh: Former Prime Minister Evicted from Residence http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402460_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 05 Jan 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402460_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: Supreme Administrative Court Rules Parliamentary Elections Void http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402430_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 21 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402430_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Lawsuit over Election Law Violations http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402419_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 14 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402419_text Global Legal Monitor: United Kingdom: Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402370_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 09 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402370_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: Federal Supreme Court Decision on Clean Record Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402350_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 04 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402350_text Global Legal Monitor: Burma: Election Process Called "Deeply Flawed" http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402334_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 27 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402334_text Global Legal Monitor: Australia: Political Donations Bill Reintroduced http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402336_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 27 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402336_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Senate Rejects President's Proposed Amendment to Election Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402329_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 26 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402329_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: Federal Deputy with the Most Votes May Lose His Seat Due to Illiteracy http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402299_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 07 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402299_text Global Legal Monitor: Ukraine: President's Name and Portrait Cannot Be Used in Election http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402259_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 22 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402259_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Belgium Assumes European Union Presidency http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402087_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 02 Jul 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402087_text Global Legal Monitor: Papua New Guinea: Bill Seeks to Reserve Seats in Parliament for Women http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402010_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 25 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402010_text Global Legal Monitor: Myanmar: New Political Parties Registration Law and Other Election Laws Adopted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401981_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 14 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401981_text Global Legal Monitor: Iraq: Democracy Iraqi Style http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401972_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 10 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401972_text Global Legal Monitor: United Kingdom: General Election Soon to Occur, with New Constituency Boundaries http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401956_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 06 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401956_text Global Legal Monitor: New Zealand: Government Releases Electoral Finance Reform Proposals http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401820_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 18 Feb 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401820_text Global Legal Monitor: Philippines: Supreme Court Stops Commission on Elections by Issuing TRO in Favor of LGBT Party http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401806_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 29 Jan 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401806_text Global Legal Monitor: Tanzania: New Bill To Regulate Political Parties' Finances http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401790_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 22 Jan 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401790_text Global Legal Monitor: New Zealand: Referendum to Be Held on Electoral System http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401641_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401641_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Federal Appeals Court Holds Election Funding Regulations for Non-Profits Violate First Amendment http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401592_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 02 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401592_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Federal Court Finds Connecticut Campaign Finance Reform Law Unconstitutional http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401554_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 18 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401554_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Splitting of Parliamentary Groups http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401521_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401521_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Court Upholds Vote Count http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401495_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 14 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401495_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: New European Parliament Convenes in Strasbourg http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401444_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had A new European Parliament (EP), with 736 Members, opened its first session in Strasbourg for the 2009-2014 term. Approximately half of the EP Members were elected for the first time. Women constitute a little more than... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 20 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401444_text Global Legal Monitor: Botswana: Prisoner Takes Government to Court over Voting Rights http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401441_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had A new European Parliament (EP), with 736 Members, opened its first session in Strasbourg for the 2009-2014 term. Approximately half of the EP Members were elected for the first time. Women constitute a little more than It was reported on July 10, 2009, that Thomas Sibanda, an inmate in the Botswana prison system, is suing the government and seeking a court order to allow him to register to vote in the upcoming... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 16 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401441_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Supreme Court Interprets Voting Rights Act to Avoid Constitutional Review http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401426_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had A new European Parliament (EP), with 736 Members, opened its first session in Strasbourg for the 2009-2014 term. Approximately half of the EP Members were elected for the first time. Women constitute a little more than It was reported on July 10, 2009, that Thomas Sibanda, an inmate in the Botswana prison system, is suing the government and seeking a court order to allow him to register to vote in the upcoming The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to consider the constitutionality of a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that subjects certain state and local government election law changes to federal preclearance review, but suggested... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 14 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401426_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Court Annuls Legislative Election Results http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401363_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had A new European Parliament (EP), with 736 Members, opened its first session in Strasbourg for the 2009-2014 term. Approximately half of the EP Members were elected for the first time. Women constitute a little more than It was reported on July 10, 2009, that Thomas Sibanda, an inmate in the Botswana prison system, is suing the government and seeking a court order to allow him to register to vote in the upcoming The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to consider the constitutionality of a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that subjects certain state and local government election law changes to federal preclearance review, but suggested On June 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia annulled the results of a May 2009 legislative election. As a result, at least 26 legislators elected from nine political parties may lose their seats in the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 16 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401363_text Global Legal Monitor: Iran: Council of Ministers Approves Lowering Voting Age http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401354_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had A new European Parliament (EP), with 736 Members, opened its first session in Strasbourg for the 2009-2014 term. Approximately half of the EP Members were elected for the first time. Women constitute a little more than It was reported on July 10, 2009, that Thomas Sibanda, an inmate in the Botswana prison system, is suing the government and seeking a court order to allow him to register to vote in the upcoming The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to consider the constitutionality of a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that subjects certain state and local government election law changes to federal preclearance review, but suggested On June 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia annulled the results of a May 2009 legislative election. As a result, at least 26 legislators elected from nine political parties may lose their seats in the With the purpose of extending the opportunity for young people to participate more effectively in presidential elections, the Council of Ministers of Iran approved a decree reducing the voting age from 18 to 15. The brief... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 12 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401354_text Global Legal Monitor: Uganda: Constitutionality of Presidential Elections Law Challenged http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401334_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had A new European Parliament (EP), with 736 Members, opened its first session in Strasbourg for the 2009-2014 term. Approximately half of the EP Members were elected for the first time. Women constitute a little more than It was reported on July 10, 2009, that Thomas Sibanda, an inmate in the Botswana prison system, is suing the government and seeking a court order to allow him to register to vote in the upcoming The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to consider the constitutionality of a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that subjects certain state and local government election law changes to federal preclearance review, but suggested On June 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia annulled the results of a May 2009 legislative election. As a result, at least 26 legislators elected from nine political parties may lose their seats in the With the purpose of extending the opportunity for young people to participate more effectively in presidential elections, the Council of Ministers of Iran approved a decree reducing the voting age from 18 to 15. The brief It was reported on June 2, 2009, that Kizza Besigye the Chairman of the Forum for Democratic Change, a Ugandan political party, who lost presidential bids to the current Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni in 2001 and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 05 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401334_text Global Legal Monitor: Italy: Voting from Home Allowed in Some Cases http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401316_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had A new European Parliament (EP), with 736 Members, opened its first session in Strasbourg for the 2009-2014 term. Approximately half of the EP Members were elected for the first time. Women constitute a little more than It was reported on July 10, 2009, that Thomas Sibanda, an inmate in the Botswana prison system, is suing the government and seeking a court order to allow him to register to vote in the upcoming The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to consider the constitutionality of a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that subjects certain state and local government election law changes to federal preclearance review, but suggested On June 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia annulled the results of a May 2009 legislative election. As a result, at least 26 legislators elected from nine political parties may lose their seats in the With the purpose of extending the opportunity for young people to participate more effectively in presidential elections, the Council of Ministers of Iran approved a decree reducing the voting age from 18 to 15. The brief It was reported on June 2, 2009, that Kizza Besigye the Chairman of the Forum for Democratic Change, a Ugandan political party, who lost presidential bids to the current Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni in 2001 and The Italian Parliament recently promulgated Law No. 46 of May 7, 2009, to allow voters to vote from home when affected by an illness that makes it impossible for them to leave the house. The Law... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 03 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401316_text Global Legal Monitor: Russia: Losing Political Parties to Be Represented in Parliament http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401270_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had A new European Parliament (EP), with 736 Members, opened its first session in Strasbourg for the 2009-2014 term. Approximately half of the EP Members were elected for the first time. Women constitute a little more than It was reported on July 10, 2009, that Thomas Sibanda, an inmate in the Botswana prison system, is suing the government and seeking a court order to allow him to register to vote in the upcoming The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to consider the constitutionality of a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that subjects certain state and local government election law changes to federal preclearance review, but suggested On June 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia annulled the results of a May 2009 legislative election. As a result, at least 26 legislators elected from nine political parties may lose their seats in the With the purpose of extending the opportunity for young people to participate more effectively in presidential elections, the Council of Ministers of Iran approved a decree reducing the voting age from 18 to 15. The brief It was reported on June 2, 2009, that Kizza Besigye the Chairman of the Forum for Democratic Change, a Ugandan political party, who lost presidential bids to the current Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni in 2001 and The Italian Parliament recently promulgated Law No. 46 of May 7, 2009, to allow voters to vote from home when affected by an illness that makes it impossible for them to leave the house. The Law On April 8, 2009, amendments to the Federal Law on Political Parties were passed in Russia. Proposed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, they are aimed, according to the accompanying explanatory statement, at strengthening citizens' influence on... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 06 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401270_text Global Legal Monitor: Mozambique: Constitutionality of Election Laws Challenged http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401247_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had A new European Parliament (EP), with 736 Members, opened its first session in Strasbourg for the 2009-2014 term. Approximately half of the EP Members were elected for the first time. Women constitute a little more than It was reported on July 10, 2009, that Thomas Sibanda, an inmate in the Botswana prison system, is suing the government and seeking a court order to allow him to register to vote in the upcoming The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to consider the constitutionality of a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that subjects certain state and local government election law changes to federal preclearance review, but suggested On June 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia annulled the results of a May 2009 legislative election. As a result, at least 26 legislators elected from nine political parties may lose their seats in the With the purpose of extending the opportunity for young people to participate more effectively in presidential elections, the Council of Ministers of Iran approved a decree reducing the voting age from 18 to 15. The brief It was reported on June 2, 2009, that Kizza Besigye the Chairman of the Forum for Democratic Change, a Ugandan political party, who lost presidential bids to the current Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni in 2001 and The Italian Parliament recently promulgated Law No. 46 of May 7, 2009, to allow voters to vote from home when affected by an illness that makes it impossible for them to leave the house. The Law On April 8, 2009, amendments to the Federal Law on Political Parties were passed in Russia. Proposed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, they are aimed, according to the accompanying explanatory statement, at strengthening citizens' influence on The Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO), a former rebel movement turned political party, recently went before Mozambique's Constitutional Council, a body with a mandate to give final rulings in matters of constitutional law, and asked that certain... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 28 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401247_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Bill on Democratizing Internal Political Party Procedures and Practices http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401190_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had A new European Parliament (EP), with 736 Members, opened its first session in Strasbourg for the 2009-2014 term. Approximately half of the EP Members were elected for the first time. Women constitute a little more than It was reported on July 10, 2009, that Thomas Sibanda, an inmate in the Botswana prison system, is suing the government and seeking a court order to allow him to register to vote in the upcoming The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to consider the constitutionality of a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that subjects certain state and local government election law changes to federal preclearance review, but suggested On June 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia annulled the results of a May 2009 legislative election. As a result, at least 26 legislators elected from nine political parties may lose their seats in the With the purpose of extending the opportunity for young people to participate more effectively in presidential elections, the Council of Ministers of Iran approved a decree reducing the voting age from 18 to 15. The brief It was reported on June 2, 2009, that Kizza Besigye the Chairman of the Forum for Democratic Change, a Ugandan political party, who lost presidential bids to the current Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni in 2001 and The Italian Parliament recently promulgated Law No. 46 of May 7, 2009, to allow voters to vote from home when affected by an illness that makes it impossible for them to leave the house. The Law On April 8, 2009, amendments to the Federal Law on Political Parties were passed in Russia. Proposed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, they are aimed, according to the accompanying explanatory statement, at strengthening citizens' influence on The Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO), a former rebel movement turned political party, recently went before Mozambique's Constitutional Council, a body with a mandate to give final rulings in matters of constitutional law, and asked that certain It was reported on April 2, 2009, that a bill seeking to introduce internal democratic practices within the 50 registered political parties in Nigeria by regulating primary elections, congresses, and conventions was met with serious resistance... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 07 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401190_text Global Legal Monitor: Germany: Constitutional Court Decision on Electronic Voting http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401164_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had A new European Parliament (EP), with 736 Members, opened its first session in Strasbourg for the 2009-2014 term. Approximately half of the EP Members were elected for the first time. Women constitute a little more than It was reported on July 10, 2009, that Thomas Sibanda, an inmate in the Botswana prison system, is suing the government and seeking a court order to allow him to register to vote in the upcoming The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to consider the constitutionality of a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that subjects certain state and local government election law changes to federal preclearance review, but suggested On June 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia annulled the results of a May 2009 legislative election. As a result, at least 26 legislators elected from nine political parties may lose their seats in the With the purpose of extending the opportunity for young people to participate more effectively in presidential elections, the Council of Ministers of Iran approved a decree reducing the voting age from 18 to 15. The brief It was reported on June 2, 2009, that Kizza Besigye the Chairman of the Forum for Democratic Change, a Ugandan political party, who lost presidential bids to the current Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni in 2001 and The Italian Parliament recently promulgated Law No. 46 of May 7, 2009, to allow voters to vote from home when affected by an illness that makes it impossible for them to leave the house. The Law On April 8, 2009, amendments to the Federal Law on Political Parties were passed in Russia. Proposed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, they are aimed, according to the accompanying explanatory statement, at strengthening citizens' influence on The Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO), a former rebel movement turned political party, recently went before Mozambique's Constitutional Council, a body with a mandate to give final rulings in matters of constitutional law, and asked that certain It was reported on April 2, 2009, that a bill seeking to introduce internal democratic practices within the 50 registered political parties in Nigeria by regulating primary elections, congresses, and conventions was met with serious resistance On March 3, 2009, the Federal Constitutional Court issued a decision that may prevent the use of electronic voting machines in future German elections. (Bundesverfassungsgericht, Docket Nos. 2 BvC 3/07 andamp; 2 BvC 4/07, http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/cs20090303_2bvc000... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 25 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401164_text Global Legal Monitor: Pakistan: Sharif Brothers Disqualified from Contesting Election http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401062_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had A new European Parliament (EP), with 736 Members, opened its first session in Strasbourg for the 2009-2014 term. Approximately half of the EP Members were elected for the first time. Women constitute a little more than It was reported on July 10, 2009, that Thomas Sibanda, an inmate in the Botswana prison system, is suing the government and seeking a court order to allow him to register to vote in the upcoming The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to consider the constitutionality of a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that subjects certain state and local government election law changes to federal preclearance review, but suggested On June 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia annulled the results of a May 2009 legislative election. As a result, at least 26 legislators elected from nine political parties may lose their seats in the With the purpose of extending the opportunity for young people to participate more effectively in presidential elections, the Council of Ministers of Iran approved a decree reducing the voting age from 18 to 15. The brief It was reported on June 2, 2009, that Kizza Besigye the Chairman of the Forum for Democratic Change, a Ugandan political party, who lost presidential bids to the current Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni in 2001 and The Italian Parliament recently promulgated Law No. 46 of May 7, 2009, to allow voters to vote from home when affected by an illness that makes it impossible for them to leave the house. The Law On April 8, 2009, amendments to the Federal Law on Political Parties were passed in Russia. Proposed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, they are aimed, according to the accompanying explanatory statement, at strengthening citizens' influence on The Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO), a former rebel movement turned political party, recently went before Mozambique's Constitutional Council, a body with a mandate to give final rulings in matters of constitutional law, and asked that certain It was reported on April 2, 2009, that a bill seeking to introduce internal democratic practices within the 50 registered political parties in Nigeria by regulating primary elections, congresses, and conventions was met with serious resistance On March 3, 2009, the Federal Constitutional Court issued a decision that may prevent the use of electronic voting machines in future German elections. (Bundesverfassungsgericht, Docket Nos. 2 BvC 3/07 andamp; 2 BvC 4/07, http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/cs20090303_2bvc000Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan and now head of the nation's largest opposition party in the parliament, and his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, the Chief Minister of Pakistan's most populous province, Punjab, were disqualified from... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 04 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401062_text Global Legal Monitor: Botswana: Draft Code of Conduct for Politicians http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540971_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had A new European Parliament (EP), with 736 Members, opened its first session in Strasbourg for the 2009-2014 term. Approximately half of the EP Members were elected for the first time. Women constitute a little more than It was reported on July 10, 2009, that Thomas Sibanda, an inmate in the Botswana prison system, is suing the government and seeking a court order to allow him to register to vote in the upcoming The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to consider the constitutionality of a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that subjects certain state and local government election law changes to federal preclearance review, but suggested On June 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia annulled the results of a May 2009 legislative election. As a result, at least 26 legislators elected from nine political parties may lose their seats in the With the purpose of extending the opportunity for young people to participate more effectively in presidential elections, the Council of Ministers of Iran approved a decree reducing the voting age from 18 to 15. The brief It was reported on June 2, 2009, that Kizza Besigye the Chairman of the Forum for Democratic Change, a Ugandan political party, who lost presidential bids to the current Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni in 2001 and The Italian Parliament recently promulgated Law No. 46 of May 7, 2009, to allow voters to vote from home when affected by an illness that makes it impossible for them to leave the house. The Law On April 8, 2009, amendments to the Federal Law on Political Parties were passed in Russia. Proposed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, they are aimed, according to the accompanying explanatory statement, at strengthening citizens' influence on The Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO), a former rebel movement turned political party, recently went before Mozambique's Constitutional Council, a body with a mandate to give final rulings in matters of constitutional law, and asked that certain It was reported on April 2, 2009, that a bill seeking to introduce internal democratic practices within the 50 registered political parties in Nigeria by regulating primary elections, congresses, and conventions was met with serious resistance On March 3, 2009, the Federal Constitutional Court issued a decision that may prevent the use of electronic voting machines in future German elections. (Bundesverfassungsgericht, Docket Nos. 2 BvC 3/07 andamp; 2 BvC 4/07, http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/cs20090303_2bvc000Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan and now head of the nation's largest opposition party in the parliament, and his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, the Chief Minister of Pakistan's most populous province, Punjab, were disqualified from On January 19, 2009, at a stakeholders' workshop held by the Independent Electoral Commission, politicians representing several Botswanan constituencies unanimously adopted a draft code of conduct in anticipation of preparations for the country's 2009 general election.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 02 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540971_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Qualifications for Participating in General Election http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540958_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had A new European Parliament (EP), with 736 Members, opened its first session in Strasbourg for the 2009-2014 term. Approximately half of the EP Members were elected for the first time. Women constitute a little more than It was reported on July 10, 2009, that Thomas Sibanda, an inmate in the Botswana prison system, is suing the government and seeking a court order to allow him to register to vote in the upcoming The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to consider the constitutionality of a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that subjects certain state and local government election law changes to federal preclearance review, but suggested On June 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia annulled the results of a May 2009 legislative election. As a result, at least 26 legislators elected from nine political parties may lose their seats in the With the purpose of extending the opportunity for young people to participate more effectively in presidential elections, the Council of Ministers of Iran approved a decree reducing the voting age from 18 to 15. The brief It was reported on June 2, 2009, that Kizza Besigye the Chairman of the Forum for Democratic Change, a Ugandan political party, who lost presidential bids to the current Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni in 2001 and The Italian Parliament recently promulgated Law No. 46 of May 7, 2009, to allow voters to vote from home when affected by an illness that makes it impossible for them to leave the house. The Law On April 8, 2009, amendments to the Federal Law on Political Parties were passed in Russia. Proposed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, they are aimed, according to the accompanying explanatory statement, at strengthening citizens' influence on The Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO), a former rebel movement turned political party, recently went before Mozambique's Constitutional Council, a body with a mandate to give final rulings in matters of constitutional law, and asked that certain It was reported on April 2, 2009, that a bill seeking to introduce internal democratic practices within the 50 registered political parties in Nigeria by regulating primary elections, congresses, and conventions was met with serious resistance On March 3, 2009, the Federal Constitutional Court issued a decision that may prevent the use of electronic voting machines in future German elections. (Bundesverfassungsgericht, Docket Nos. 2 BvC 3/07 andamp; 2 BvC 4/07, http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/cs20090303_2bvc000Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan and now head of the nation's largest opposition party in the parliament, and his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, the Chief Minister of Pakistan's most populous province, Punjab, were disqualified from On January 19, 2009, at a stakeholders' workshop held by the Independent Electoral Commission, politicians representing several Botswanan constituencies unanimously adopted a draft code of conduct in anticipation of preparations for the country's 2009 general election. On January 21, 2009, the Supreme Court of Israel voided the decision of the 18th Knesset (Parliament) Central Election Committee (CEC) to disqualify two lists of Arab candidates from running in the upcoming February 10, 2009,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 27 Jan 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540958_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh: Sheik Hasina Sworn In as Prime Minister http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540942_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia's assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt On March 21, 2014, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) On March 17, 2014, Hatta Rajasa, the chairman of Indonesia's National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional or PAN), announced that the party has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) On March 8, 2014, Egypt's Interim President, Adely Mansour, issued Presidential Decree 14-2014 regulating the presidential elections of 2014. The new legislation is designed to identify requirements that candidates who wish to run in the On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la Indonesia's Election Supervisory Committee (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum, often called Bawaslu), the General Elections Commission, and the Central Information Commission, together with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, have jointly announced a ban on advertisements run by political On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions executives locales avec le On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country's Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party "Golden Dawn" in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country's presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court's action, with On July 20, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the second of two election laws governing presidential and provincial elections, reducing fears that the upcoming 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections might be delayed. (On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. On February 18, 2013, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court announced that the draft law on organizing parliamentary elections violated the country's current Constitution. Accordingly, the Court On January 1, 2013, the new Law on the Procedure to Form the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (the country's legislature) entered into force. (Federal Law No. 229 of December 3, 2012 On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Knesset Election Law (Amendment No. 60), 5773-2012 (the Amendment). The Amendment sets criteria for admission of individual members to the Central Election Committee (CEC).According to the The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and On July 1, 2012, Cyprus, itself on the brink of a bailout and still divided, with Turkish forces occupying 37% of its northern territory, assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union On March 21, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Parties Law 5752-1992. The amendment regulates the receipt of campaign finance donations by persons who have announced their intention to run in the On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by On April 15, 2012, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Egypt disqualified ten candidates from the upcoming presidential race because they are in violation of the country's election laws. The Commission also rejected the appeals submitted by On April 9, 2012, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court to prove that his mother is not a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt. Abu Ismail is one On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary#ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the country and signed an agreement to that effect. Under the On March 13, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Women in Political Decision-Making Quality and Equality (Resolution (Mar. 13, 2012), European Parliament website.) As the EP explains, the impetus On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article On January 30, 2012, Senegal's Constitutional Court, the Conseil Constitutionel, determined that the current leader of the country, President Abdoulaye Wade, can run for a third term in office in the elections scheduled for February 26. On January 21, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued Decree 12-2012, amending an array of provisions found in Law 174-2005 on presidential elections. The new Law grants political parties that are represented in Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election system from a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were On January 9, 2012, Mexico's House of Representatives announced that it is considering a legislative proposal that would punish citizens for not voting in federal elections. If approved, the proposal would add a provision to Mexico's On November 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a new law on the election of its members that eliminates the present proportional electoral system and introduces a mixed system, which comprises elements of On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role With only a few days left before the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court, on October 5, 2011, dismissed a petition challenging the eligibility of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On October 9, 2011, for the first time in more than 22 years of democracy, Paraguay will hold a referendum on an amendment to article 120 of the National Constitution (Constitucion Politica (CP), art. 120, On September 20, the Liberian Supreme Court ratified a proposal for constitutional amendment that was one of the subjects of the country's August 23, 2011 referendum. This proposal (also known as Proposition 4) sought to amend On September 20, 2011, the Liberian Supreme Court temporarily suspended the election campaigning underway for the upcoming presidential elections while it examines the eligibility of some of the candidates to stand for election. (Liberia Suspends The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envia Nuevo Codigo Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy On July 25, 2011, the Syrian government issued a bill that would permit the establishment of various new political parties. Under the umbrella of what is known as its "Political Reform Initiatives," the Council of Ministers On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the It was reported on June 13, 2011, that in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in September, the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to amend the current election law. The On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on In April 2011, Saudi women activists wrote a memo to the designated authorities in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs requesting rights for female voters and candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. Many Saudi women On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President On January 20, 2011, revisions of certain articles of the 2006 Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were adopted in Kinshasa. (Law 11/002, Journal Officiel de la R;publique D;mocratique du Congo, Feb. 1, Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was recently evicted from her government-owned house after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal from a High Court ruling ordering her to vacate the house. On December 4, 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), the highest administrative judicial body in Egypt, invalidated the two rounds of polling for the November 2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It upheld 1,000 court decisions issued by On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this bill will reform the voting system and reduce the number After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October Tomandaacute;s Ojea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (Burma), stated on October 21, 2010, that he is disappointed with the plans for the country's upcoming elections, scheduled for November On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, Government Moves to Increase Transparency in Political Donations, Oct. 20, On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may lose his seat in the Chamber of Deputies because he On September 16, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine issued a decree aimed at preventing legal violations during the current election campaign, which started nationwide on September 11. On October 31, 2010, Ukrainians will elect provincial July 1, 2010, marks the beginning of Belgium's assumption, for the next six months, of the rotating Presidency of the European Union, taking over that office from Spain. Belgium, one of the original six founding members The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for In the view of Human Rights Watch, the new election laws issued in Myanmar (Burma) in March 2010 by the ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SDPC) "are designed to exclude the main On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election advertising. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, Electoral Finance Reform Package On January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from barring Ang Ladlad a political group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and It was reported on January 17, 2010, that the Tanzanian government hass been preparing to propose a bill, The Election Expenses Act, 2009, to regulate the funding of political parties. (Bill to Control Funding of Dar On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system or change to a The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations restricting the way non-profit organizations can raise and distribute funds violates the First Amendment to the The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has held that Connecticut's public campaign financing program, the Citizens' Election Program (CEP), violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against minor parties. On August 3, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed into law a government bill designed to facilitate the splitting of parliamentary groups during the term for which their members were initially elected. The amendment replaces section On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had A new European Parliament (EP), with 736 Members, opened its first session in Strasbourg for the 2009-2014 term. Approximately half of the EP Members were elected for the first time. Women constitute a little more than It was reported on July 10, 2009, that Thomas Sibanda, an inmate in the Botswana prison system, is suing the government and seeking a court order to allow him to register to vote in the upcoming The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to consider the constitutionality of a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that subjects certain state and local government election law changes to federal preclearance review, but suggested On June 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia annulled the results of a May 2009 legislative election. As a result, at least 26 legislators elected from nine political parties may lose their seats in the With the purpose of extending the opportunity for young people to participate more effectively in presidential elections, the Council of Ministers of Iran approved a decree reducing the voting age from 18 to 15. The brief It was reported on June 2, 2009, that Kizza Besigye the Chairman of the Forum for Democratic Change, a Ugandan political party, who lost presidential bids to the current Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni in 2001 and The Italian Parliament recently promulgated Law No. 46 of May 7, 2009, to allow voters to vote from home when affected by an illness that makes it impossible for them to leave the house. The Law On April 8, 2009, amendments to the Federal Law on Political Parties were passed in Russia. Proposed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, they are aimed, according to the accompanying explanatory statement, at strengthening citizens' influence on The Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO), a former rebel movement turned political party, recently went before Mozambique's Constitutional Council, a body with a mandate to give final rulings in matters of constitutional law, and asked that certain It was reported on April 2, 2009, that a bill seeking to introduce internal democratic practices within the 50 registered political parties in Nigeria by regulating primary elections, congresses, and conventions was met with serious resistance On March 3, 2009, the Federal Constitutional Court issued a decision that may prevent the use of electronic voting machines in future German elections. (Bundesverfassungsgericht, Docket Nos. 2 BvC 3/07 andamp; 2 BvC 4/07, http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/cs20090303_2bvc000Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan and now head of the nation's largest opposition party in the parliament, and his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, the Chief Minister of Pakistan's most populous province, Punjab, were disqualified from On January 19, 2009, at a stakeholders' workshop held by the Independent Electoral Commission, politicians representing several Botswanan constituencies unanimously adopted a draft code of conduct in anticipation of preparations for the country's 2009 general election. On January 21, 2009, the Supreme Court of Israel voided the decision of the 18th Knesset (Parliament) Central Election Committee (CEC) to disqualify two lists of Arab candidates from running in the upcoming February 10, 2009, Sheikh Hasina, President of the Bangladesh Awami League party, won the Bangladesh parliamentary election held on December 29, 2008. She was sworn in as the country's Prime Minister on January 6, 2009. This is Hasina's second... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 23 Jan 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540942_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh: Election Delayed, Emergency State to Be Lifted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540830_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. T