Voter Turnout

Kuwait elects new parliament on low voter turnout

Elections officials count votes for the parliamentary election after a polling station closes in Kuwait City. Photo: EPA

Kuwaitis have elected a parliament including several newcomers which may prove more government-friendly than its predecessor but could lack legitimacy in the eyes of some due to a low voter turnout and an opposition boycott.

Sunday, 2 December, 2012, 4:06pm

City news in brief, August 13, 2012

City news in brief, August 13, 2012

15 HK activists head for Diaoyu Islands

13 Aug 2012 - 8:52am

Wasted votes

It has been argued that the history of Western philosophy is but a series of footnotes to two ancient Athenian philosophers, Plato and Aristotle. Plato rejected the idea of democracy because he believed most people were driven by impulses such as appetite, greed and lust.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Rational choice

There have been various informed and speculative explanations for the rather astonishing results of the recent district council elections.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

No fools

We can brush it off as political denial, the first stage of what is probably political grief. But the last thing a politician should do is blame the voters when they lose. We don't need reminding of the public anger independent legislator and, now, re-elected district councillor Priscilla Leung Mei-fun aroused with her 'voters will be punished' statement.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Pan-democrats suffer as demographic changes tip the balance

The pan-democrats' setback in the district council elections defied the conventional wisdom that they benefit from higher turnouts, since voter turnout was 2.6 percentage points higher than in the 2007 polls.

Political analysts said the unexpected result may be due to demographic changes among voters.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Voter turnout no guide to who will win

Traditional political wisdom that high voter turnout is good for pan-democrats has been shaken up by a study of the last district council elections in 2007.

While areas with a low turnout did hurt the democrats in the elections four years ago, the same was true of areas with the highest turnouts, a South China Morning Post examination of the figures shows.

5 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Chan laments absence of election fever

Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang says the government is not doing enough to encourage people to vote in Sunday's district council elections, and criticised radicals for splitting the pan-democratic vote.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Poll officials keen to boost voter figures

After the high turnout for Friday's pro-democracy march, there's little doubt that Hongkongers are politically fired up this year, but how will this translate to voter turnout at polling booths?

At the last Legislative Council election in 2008, there were 3.4 million registered voters on the electoral roll, reflecting a relatively high level of political participation.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

An overreaction to a political stunt

Although Hong Kong is still moving towards universal suffrage, there is no doubt that elections have, over the years, taken root. Every four years, over a million voters go to the ballot box to return political veterans and new faces who they think will best serve them in the Legislative Council.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Public's verdict awaited on radical tactics

For the Civic Party and the League of Social Democrats, which have spearheaded moves to force Sunday's Legislative Council by-elections, seen by some as a de facto referendum on the pace and scope of democratisation, make-or-break time has come.

10 May 2010 - 12:00am

Civic Party and league to act as rivals step up the pressure

The Civic Party and the League of Social Democrats will issue a new document this week to clarify the meaning and strategy of their de facto referendum on universal suffrage following mounting pressure from government allies.

4 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Pan-democrats may find it tough to regain seats in by-elections

The democratic camp's candidates contesting any Legislative Council by-elections initiated by a proposed resignation plan could face a hard fight in regaining their seats, a Democratic Party heavyweight says.

22 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Out for the count

In the recent Legislative Council election, the voter turnout rate fell to 45.2 per cent, more than 10 percentage points lower than the peak of 55.64 per cent in the previous election, in 2004. It was roughly on a par with the low 43.57 per cent registered in the 2000 poll. In terms of numbers, 1.52 million people voted this year, 260,000 fewer than the 1.78 million who turned out in 2004.

19 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Dearth of issues, better economy seen as factors in low turnout

The lack of clear and outstanding election issues amid improved socio-economic conditions was blamed for a lower turnout yesterday than in the last election.

After the close of polling the turnout rate was provisionally put at 45 per cent, well below the 55.6 per cent in the Legislative Council election in 2004.

8 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

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