Election Watch

Issue Date April 2009
Volume 20
Issue 2
Page Numbers 176-178
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ELECTION RESULTS (December 2008–March 2009)

Bangladesh: Parliamentary elections were held on December 29 after a delay of two years during which a military-controlled caretaker government had declared a state of emergency. Sheikh Hasina’s Bangladesh Awami League won 49 percent of the vote and 230 seats in the 300-seat National Assembly, and Hasina was sworn in as prime minister for the second time. Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which had been in power in 2001–06, won 33 percent and 30 seats. The Jatiya Party, an ally of the Awami League, won 7 percent and 27 seats. Independent candidates won 4 seats, and other parties won the remaining 9 seats.

El Salvador: In the January 18 elections for the 84-seat Legislative Assembly, the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) won 43 percent of the vote and 35 seats, and the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) won 39 percent and 32 seats. The National Conciliation Party won 9 percent and 11 seats, the Christian Democratic Party won 7 percent and 5 seats, and the Democratic Change party won 2 percent and 1 seat. The presidential election was scheduled to be held on March 15; results will be reported in a future issue.

Ghana: In the presidential runoff on December 28, the National Democratic Party’s (NDC) John Evans Atta Mills won an extremely close victory over the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo with 50.2 percent of the vote. In the first round on December 7, Akufo-Addo won 49 percent, while Mills won 48 percent. In concurrent parliamentary elections for the 230-seat Parliament, the opposition NDC won 114 seats, while the ruling NPP won 107 seats. The People’s National Convention won 2 seats, the Convention People’s Party won one seat, and [End Page 176] independent candidates won 4 seats. Two seats remain undeclared. See the article by E. Gyimah-Boadi on pp. 138–152 above for further details.

Macedonia: Presidential elections were scheduled for March 22; results will be reported in a future issue.

Micronesia: Legislative elections were held on March 3; results will be reported in a future issue.

Montenegro: Parliamentary elections were scheduled for March 29; results will be reported in a future issue.

Slovakia: Presidential elections were scheduled for March 21; results will be reported in a future issue.

UPCOMING ELECTIONS (April 2009–March 2010)

Afghanistan: presidential, 20 August 2009

Albania: parliamentary, 28 June 2009

Algeria: presidential, 9 April 2009

Angola: presidential, September 2009

Argentina: legislative, 25 October 2009

Botswana: legislative, October 2009

Bulgaria: parliamentary, 14 June 2009

Chad: parliamentary, April 2009

Chile: presidential/legislative, 11 December 2009

Colombia: legislative, March 2010

Comoros: parliamentary, April 2009

Congo (Brazzaville): presidential, July 2009

Costa Rica: presidential/legislative, February 2010

Côte d’Ivoire: presidential/parliamentary, by 31 October 2009

Croatia: presidential, January 2010

Ecuador: presidential/legislative, 19 April 2009

Equatorial Guinea: presidential, December 2009 [End Page 177]

Guinea: parliamentary, by December 2009

Honduras: presidential/legislative, November 2009

India: parliamentary, 16 April–13 May 2009

Indonesia: legislative, 9 April 2009; presidential, 8 July 2009

Iran: presidential, 12 June 2009

Iraq: parliamentary, December 2009

Lebanon: parliamentary, 7 June 2009

Lithuania: presidential, 17 May 2009

Malawi: presidential/legislative, 19 May 2009

Maldives: legislative, 17 May 2009

Mauritania: presidential, 6 June 2009

Mexico: legislative, 5 July 2009

Moldova: parliamentary, 5 April 2009

Mongolia: presidential, 24 May 2009

Mozambique: presidential/parliamentary, December 2009

Namibia: presidential/parliamentary, November 2009

Niger: presidential/parliamentary, November 2009

Panama: presidential/legislative, 3 May 2009

Romania: presidential, 28 November 2009

São Tome and Príncipe: parliamentary, March 2010

South Africa: parliamentary, 22 April 2009

Sudan: presidential/legislative, July 2009

Tajikistan: parliamentary, February 2010

Tunisia: presidential/parliamentary, October 2009

Ukraine: presidential, 17 January 2010; parliamentary, early 2010

Uruguay: presidential/legislative, 25 October 2009

Yemen: parliamentary, 27 April 2009

Election Watch provides reports of recently decided and upcoming elections in developing nations and the postcommunist world. Some of the data for Election Watch come from IFES, a private, nonprofit education and research foundation that assists in monitoring, supporting, and strengthening the mechanics of the electoral process worldwide. For additional information, visit www.ifes.org. [End Page 178]