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Jamaica: Early Election to Take Place amid COVID-19 Pandemic

(Aug. 26, 2020) On August 11, 2020, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced in Parliament that early elections would be held on September 3, 2020, with “Nomination Day” scheduled for August 18, 2020. Holness stated that the rise in COVID-19 cases and the devastating effects of the pandemic on employment in the country demanded “responsibility and […]

Israel: Central Election Committee Orders Removal of Misleading Video, Calling It Unfair Interference with Campaign Advertising

(Mar. 16, 2020) On election day—March 2, 2020—the Chair of Israel’s Central Election Committee (CEC), Justice Neal Hendel, issued an injunction ordering Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (PM) and his Likud Party to immediately remove from the PM’s Facebook page and Instagram account a film that doctored a statement of the PM’s political rival, Benny Gantz, […]

Iran: Parliament Refers Election Campaign Transparency Bill to Internal Affairs Commission for Further Scrutiny

(Jan. 22, 2020) On January 12, 2020, Iran’s Majles (Parliament) referred a high-priority bill to increase transparency in election campaign financing to the parliament’s Councils and Domestic Affairs Committee for further consideration. The bill is a response to discussions on political spending that arose before the last Majles election in 2016 that questioned the integrity […]

United Kingdom: Cabinet Office Details Government Actions to Tackle Public Intimidation Ahead of General Election

(Dec. 4, 2019) The Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom has issued an update detailing actions the government has taken to tackle public intimidation that candidates may face in the upcoming general election to be held on December 12, 2019. The experiences of many candidates during the 2017 general election resulted in the government commissioning […]

Mexico: National Electoral Institute Challenges Reduction of Its Budget Before Supreme Court

(Feb. 4, 2019) Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (Instituto Nacional Electoral, INE) filed a constitutional suit before the Supreme Court of the Nation against the reduction of 950 million pesos (nearly US$50 million) that the lower house of Congress (Cámara de Diputados, Chamber of Deputies) made to the INE’s 2019 expenditures budget and the salary reductions […]