Moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani wins race for presidency in Iran

Iranian women display their identity cards before casting their ballots in the presidential election at a polling station in northern Tehran. Photo: Xinhua

Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said 72 per cent of the more than 50.5 million Iranians eligible to vote had turned at polling stations, and that Rowhani had secured just over the threshold 50 per cent of the vote required to avoid a run-off.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 8:33am

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak vows to reform Election Commission

Najib Razak

Najib said a special, bipartisan parliamentary committee would be set up to oversee the commission, which is in charge of running elections, to "strengthen public confidence" in it.

2 Jun 2013 - 7:36am

Italian voters shun 5-Star as coalition gets needed electoral boost

Beppe Grillo's party failed to win any of the 564 towns and cities that voted after refusing to support Enrico Letta's party. Photo: AFP

Italian voters gave Prime Minister Enrico Letta's fragile coalition government a badly needed boost in local elections, shunning Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement just three months after its spectacular success in a parliamentary vote.

29 May 2013 - 1:55am

Green energy projects in limbo awaiting Australian poll outcome

Turbines at Infigen Energy's Capital Windfarm, which may get a A$180 million injection. Photo: Reuters

On a line of low hills beside a dry lake bed near Australia's capital, giant turbines turning slowly in a winter breeze give no hint of a multibillion-dollar storm building around renewable energy.

28 May 2013 - 3:19am

Iranian authorities deny controlling internet access ahead of presidential polls

A webpage of political and religious slogans greets internet users in Iran trying to visit Facebook, which is blocked by officials. Photo: AFP

Iran is tightening control of the internet ahead of next month's presidential election, mindful of violent street protests that social networkers inspired last time around over claims of fraud, users and experts say.

20 May 2013 - 5:51am

5 killed in ambushes on eve of midterm elections in Philippines

5 killed in ambushes on eve of midterm elections in Philippines

Five people were killed in separate ambushes in the volatile southern Philippines, police and the military said yesterday, and a radio reporter was kidnapped by armed men on the eve of midterm elections.

Two men armed with firearms abducted radio journalist Melinda Jennifer Glifonea at dawn at a restaurant in Candelaria, a farming town three hours south of Manila.

13 May 2013 - 4:32am

Bulgarian authorities seize 350,000 illegal ballot papers ahead of polls

Sergey Stanishev. Photo: AFP

Bulgarian authorities said they had seized 350,000 illegal ballot papers ahead of yesterday's elections, an allegation which sparked opposition accusations of fraud against the former ruling party of Boyko Borisov.

13 May 2013 - 5:06am

Imran Khan makes election appeal from hospital bed

Imran Khan addresses a campaign rally in Islamabad via a video link from his hospital bed. Photo: AP

Bed-ridden Pakistani politician Imran Khan urged the nation to unite for change, delivering a deeply personal speech to wrap up an electric campaign as he seeks a political breakthrough.

10 May 2013 - 5:05am

Chinese trade barbs in British Columbia election campaign

Frank Yunrong Huang (right), during a campaign stop in Richmond in the build-up to British Columbia's provincial election. Photo: Reuters

Campaigning for British Columbia's provincial election has been marred by vicious infighting among the Chinese community, with one candidate branded a secret member of China's Communist Party.

10 May 2013 - 3:30am 2 comments

Bhutan elects parliament for second time in its history

A Bhutanese man in traditional attire looks at posters of candidates on the eve of polling to the upper house National Council in Samdrup Jonkhar. Photo: AP

The tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan begins electing a new parliament today for only the second time in its history, five years after the Buddhist monarchy gave up its absolute power. Voters will today choose members of the upper house National Council, a non-party body, then in the following weeks will decide which of five parties will form the next government in the National Assembly.

23 Apr 2013 - 2:41am

Ex-unionist tipped as Italy holds presidential poll

Pier Luigi Bersani. Photo: EPA

Voting to choose Italy’s new president began on Thursday with a former trade unionist the frontrunner in an election which could herald the end of a two-month impasse over a new government, but is threatening to divide the centre-left.

18 Apr 2013 - 7:09pm

Musharraf disqualified from running in Pakistan elections

Pervez Musharraf was due to run in the May 11 elections. Photo: AFP

Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf was yesterday disqualified from contesting elections next month, crushing his ambition to "save" the troubled nuclear-armed nation just weeks after his return from exile.

18 Apr 2013 - 2:20am

Malaysian electoral equation spells end of political certainy

The symbol of scales on the flag of Malaysia's ruling National Front coalition is an apt metaphor for the coming election, in which support for the government and opposition appears to be fairly evenly balanced. Photo: AFP

Malaysia's election on May 5 promises to be its closest ever, with the 56-year rule of the National Front coalition under threat. It also represents a struggle for the soul of the country's ethnic Malay majority.

15 Apr 2013 - 7:31am

Counting starts in Kenya election, turnout tops 70pc

A staff worker holds up a ballot paper at a counting station in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Xinhua

Kenyans turned out en masse Monday for the first presidential poll since disputed results triggered a wave of bloodletting five years ago, with all eyes on tallying after a close but peaceful race.

5 Mar 2013 - 5:16am

Election of Bangkok governor turns into mini-referendum

Democrat Party's Bangkok governor candidate Sukhumbhand Paribatra. Photo: AP

Almost three years after the Thai capital was engulfed by weeks of deadly violence between the "red-shirt" supporters of exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and the opposition "yellow shirts", today's election to decide who will be Bangkok's next governor has become a mini-national referendum.

3 Mar 2013 - 6:12am