Controversial Elections

The Most Controversial Elections since 2013

Elections are the largest national organizations by which peoples can respond to their government in the most accurate way. Although I’d like to think otherwise, most people think elections are their only chance to change their country, should change be required.

Many of us are quite fond of thinking that such vast national organizations cannot and wil not be corrupted by default, bus is that the truth? As you may already know, since the New York Gubernatorial Elections in 1792, there have been a lot of controversial elections.1946 Romania General Elections, 1988 Mexico General Elections and 1997 Serbia General Elections are just a few examples of the case. So what kind of controversy occurred in the world, in the recent years regarding elections? In this comparison, we deal with 10 latest controversial elections only, since the list is quite long. 

1. 4 March 2013 – Kenya General Elections

In the general elections in Kenya, held in March 2013, a high number of voters could not be registered due to the lack of electricity in some regions, military operations and the heavy rainfall. The fact that the supreme court accepted objections for 2 whole weeks was just another problem. Even worse, the Kenyan diaspora could also not be registered due to the lack of time and means. Moreover, approximately 20.000 voters were registered twice or more.

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Election Jubilation in Kenya

2. 14 April 2013 – Venezuela Presidential Elections

The presidential elections organized upon Chavez’s death are also among the controversial ones. Maduro, who was expected to follow Chavez’s path, outvoted his rival Capriles by 1,49% and Capriles could not get his head round it. Upon his objection, a randomly chosen 54% of the votes were recounted and there was absolutely no problem, which wasn’t a satisfactory result for Capriles. So, he didn’t stop and applied to the court officially to recount the remaining 46%, only to change his mind and ask for a total recount, including the ballot papers and fingerprint records. The electoral board naturally overruled this application since it would take years, which meant victory for Maduro.

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Maduro: Will I get one of those hats? 

3. 5 May 2013 – Malaysia General Elections

The claims upon Najib Razak’s victory are quite common ones. Over a thousand voters officially complained that the election ink could be washed away quite easily. Apart from that, it was claimed that thousands of Indonesians and Bengali were brought to Malaysia with fake identities to vote. Of course we can’t also skip the fact that hundreds of voters were discovered to be registered in the same residence.

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Razak: You should have fewer kids, really…

4. 12 May 2013 – Bulgaria General Elections

There were really hot election debates in Bulgaria, where the elections were held 2 months before the scheduled date. The first fraud claim came from the leader of the EU-supporting GERB, Borisov. According to his claim, the campaign silence was broken by some political parties illegally. Also, illegal wiretapping and corruption claims left their mark on electoral campaigns. What’s worse, in a printing press company in Kostinbrod, 350.000 ballot papers were discovered before the elections.

Although GERB was again the leading party despite the controversy, Bulgarian Socialist Party formed the new government since they outnumbered other parties. 

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Ataka: We are the one racist party which exists in every country.

5. 28 July 2013 – Cambodia General Elections

In Cambodia, potential voters could not be counted since the census had not been taken for 5 years. Therefore, it was left uncertain. According to the major opposition party, around 1,2 Million voters could not be registered. The election ink was just another problem, since by lime juice or bleach, it was a piece of cake to get rid of it. Lack of the numbers, disfunctional election ink… The result? It was legitimate… 

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Cambodia: I don’t know if I am even a citizen…

6. 31 July 2013 – Zimbabwe General Elections

Zimbabwe is no different than the others. There were claims that a third of the voters were either dead or over 120 years of age. In addition, census problems lead to the problem that a lot of young voters could not be registered. Some reported events include partial broadcast of national media and the “threat campaigns” in rural areas. After the elections, it was discovered that 1 million voters were actually dead. Not being able to take this any longer, the electoral board members started to resign one by one, since, according to their claim, the elections were by no means objective. The result? Zimbabwe supreme court ruled the elections “free, fair and credible”. 

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President of Zimbabwe: I don’t understand why those people don’t have money… Can you believe that?

7. 28 September 2013 – Guinea Legislative Elections

In Guinea, the elections were postponed 5 times and the controversy focuses on the South African Waymark company, which was responsible for organizing the voter lists. Inflation of the lists, expatriation of Guinean voters and the late announcement of the results (3 weeks) caused Guineans to hit the streets. Over 100 people, including a police officer, lost their lives in the unrest. 

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President Conde: Cats must have eaten the ballot papers… 

8. 5 January 2014 – Bangladesh General Elections

In Bangladesh, where a problem rises before another disappears, elections are naturally problematic as well. The people of Bangladesh, who spent much of 2013 in riots already, raided the streets once again to protest the elections upon the call by the Nationalist Party. They did so because a domineering opinion was that the elections were corrupted. In the events, the home of Jatiya Party leader was also raided by the police, in which case he threatened to kill himself. After the elections, the opposition openly boycotted the results, casuing 154 uncontested seats in the parliament. Over 20 people died and hundreds of voting posts were torched by the protesters. The elections were of course ruled valid. 

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Bangladeş: I’ll think about burning this place tonight…

9. 2 Februrary 2014 – Thailand General Elections

Upon the request of the PM Shinawatra, immediate elections were held in the country, however, the opposition did its best to sabotage the elections in 69 posts out of 375. Following the incidents, some regions extended the voting period and by 21 March 2014, the Thai Constitutional Court invalidated the elections, stating that the elections were to be held in a single day only. 

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Thailand: They’re just too many…

10. 30 March 2014 – Turkey General Elections

The elections that were held in Turkey not long ago were also quite controversial. Because by 2 April 2014, the results of the capital Ankara were still not announced and there were official objections from a lot of cities. Regarding the credibility of the elections, many claims were made. Recording the votes for a different party, entering incorrect data in the official election system (i.e. 2 instead of 200) and direct intervention from officials are among them… Time will tell if they will be proven or not. Moreover, it’s still a mystery why the ballot boxes of the distrcits where the opposition was the strongest weren’t opened for 2 days. 

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Turkey: It’s for the authorities to decide if this counts or not…

The mystery of blackouts in over 10 cities were solved(!) by the Turkish Minister of Energy, who stated that “a cat jumped into the power distribution unit, causing its electrocution and the blackouts”. Videos and photographs of people falsifying the ballot papers are also online these days, along with burnt ones. 

It’s still a mystery, which is yet to be solved. 

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