Azerbaijan is holding snap presidential elections on 11 April under a new constitution. Despite the opposition candidates not barred from or boycotting the race trying to present themselves as independent or oppositional, there is little doubt Ilham Aliyev will be reelected to a now extended term of seven more years.
Georgians will head to polls on Saturday to elect 59 municipal and district heads (gamgebeli) and five mayors — in Tbilisi, Batumi, Kutaisi, Poti, and Rustavi. Voters will also elect 2,058 members of 64 local councils (sakrebulos). Those elected will serve four years in office. [Read more…]
The councils of elders of Karachay and Ingushetia have called for the return of direct elections for heads of republics in the North Caucasus. They say this will strengthen the link between the government and the civil society.
Dozens of heads of publicly run kindergartens in Tbilisi have been instructed to collect lists of voters they think might vote for Kakha Kaladze in upcoming local elections, according to an investigation. Kaladze, an ex Energy Minister, is running for Mayor of Tbilisi for the ruling Georgian Dream party.
Georgia’s ruling Georgian Dream party has been accused of forcing people to swear on the Quran that they would vote for the party in upcoming local elections. The accusations came from local people and an opposition party in the south-eastern Dmanisi Municipality, an area predominantly populated by Muslims.
Obstruction of journalists and violence against them once again came to the fore during the latest parliamentary elections in Armenia on 2 April.
The Republican Party under President Serzh Sargsyan hopes to solidify its grip on power when Armenians go to the polls on 2 April. But, new developments amongst the opposition along with the death on hunger strike of the ‘Bread Bringer’ have made the contest far more unpredictable than the ruling party would like.
The chairman of the Russia’s Central Election Commission (CIKRF), Ella Pamfilova, recently visited Daghestan on a work inspection. However, independent journalists, social activists, and representatives of several political parties were refused permission to meet with the CIKRF head.
According to the latest decision by the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of the de facto Republic of Abkhazia, only 603 out of 30,247 inhabitants of Gali (Gal) region will be allowed to vote during the upcoming parliamentary elections, which constitutes 0.5% of the region’s population.