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Italy: Legislation Concerning Gender Equality on Regional Councils

(Mar. 11, 2016) On February 26, 2016, the Italian Parliament passed Law No. 20 of 2016 on equal access for men and women to candidacies for the elections to regional councils. (Law No. 20 of February 15, 2016, Amending Article 4 of Law No. 165 of July 2, 2004, on Provisions Aimed at Guaranteeing Representational […]

Indonesia: Regional Elections Law Revision Proposed

(Feb. 18, 2016) On February 15, 2016, Indonesia’s General Election Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum, or KPU) outlined a number of ways in which Indonesia’s Regional Elections Law should be improved. (Revisions Needed in Indonesia’s Regional Election Law, Says KPU, JAKARTA GLOBE (Feb. 16, 2016).) The legislation in question was originally a government regulation, but was […]

Zambia: Constitutional Changes on Citizenship, Elections

(Jan. 13, 2016) Zambia’s President, Edgar Lungu, approved a new Constitution for the country on January 5, 2016. Among other changes, the new document permits dual citizenship and sets a date for the next elections.  (Government Urges Zambians Living in Diaspora to Apply for Dual Citizenship, LUSAKA TIMES (Jan. 7, 2016), Open Source Center No. […]

Rwanda: Referendum Approves Extended Presidential Terms

(Dec. 30, 2015) On December 19, 2015, Rwandan citizens approved a referendum to amend the country’s Constitution. Reportedly, 98% of the voters agreed to the revision of article 101. The change will permit the current president, Paul Kagame, to remain in office for a third seven-year term beginning in 2017, to be followed by two […]

Mongolia: Agenda for Autumn 2015 Session of Parliament

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

Armenia: Constitutional Amendments to Be Put to a Referendum

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

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

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

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

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

Gambia: Increased Monetary Deposit Requirements for Election Candidates

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

Indonesia: Constitutional Court Ruling on Political Office

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