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Amit Shah Breaks Silence On Election Rout, Says BJP Will Win Next Year

“Speaking at the Republic Summit here, Shah also said he was sure that the Shiv Sena will be with the BJP in the next Lok Sabha elections” reports huffingtonpost.com. So tell me who will win the 2019 elections,” the BJP president said. “We accept the people’s mandate (in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh).The election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were definitely not favourable for BJP, but it is not right to link them with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he said. Source: huffingtonpost.com Share This:

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Russian Region Conducts Blockchain Election With 40K Participants

“Saratov Oblast, a region in Southern Russia, has conducted a reportedly successful blockchain election with 40,000 participants, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph Dec. 18” writes Ana Berman for cointelegraph.com. On Dec. 12, participants voted to elect members of the local Youth Parliament via the blockchain-driven electronic polling system Polys, developed by Kaspersky Lab in 2017.According to the press release, the decentralized network was deployed at 110 polling stations and the election lasted seven hours. Switzerland implemented blockchain-based voting this summer, while the United States state of West…

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Nation to hold referendum on legalising recreational cannabis

“New Zealand will hold a referendum on whether to legalise cannabis for recreational use at the general election in 2020, a week after legalising the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes” writes Eleanor Ainge Roy for theguardian.com. The cannabis referendum coalition of New Zealand said scheduling the vote to coincide with the general election would “maximise turnout” and encourage thorough debate.The justice minister, Andrew Little, said the government had already forewarned the electoral mission to schedule the referendum at the same time as the general election, usually held around September. Source:…

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Instagram played a significant role in Russian disinformation campaigns: report

“The report claims that the IRA’s disinformation campaigns on Instagram even outperformed Facebook and will be a major tool for Russian-influence in future elections” writes Matt Binder for mashable.com. We continue to fully cooperate with officials investigating the IRA’s activity on Facebook and Instagram around the 2016 election. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Russians trolled people who were worried about Russian trolls on social media, report says

“Russian intelligence officials waged a campaign to spread disinformation and exploit social fractures during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, two new reports prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee show” writes Tucker Higgins for cnbc.com. But the social media disinformation campaign didn’t end with the election of President Donald Trump. They came as Trump himself sought to downplay the investigation into his campaign and began referring to the probe as a “witch hunt.”.  Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Russian Effort to Influence 2016 Election Targeted African-Americans

“The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort to target African-Americans, used an array of tactics to try to suppress turnout among Democratic voters and unleashed a blizzard of posts on Instagram that rivaled or exceeded its Facebook operations, according to a report produced for the Senate Intelligence Committee” reports nytimes.com. The report adds new details to the portrait that has emerged over the last two years of the energy and imagination of the Russian effort to sway American opinion and divide the…

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U.S. Senate report to detail extent of Russian election meddling: Washington Post

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will publish a report this week detailing the vast scope of Russia’s disinformation campaign surrounding the 2016 U.S. election campaign, the Washington Post reported on Sunday” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Russia has denied it meddled in the election, contrary to the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies.The research provides more detail on known efforts by the Russian government’s Internet Research Agency to bolster Republican Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign and sow discord among U.S. voters by posting on contentious issues such as gun…

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Election results in India show huge drop in support for BJP and revival for Congress

“They show a huge drop in support for the BJP and a revival for the Congress” reports tehrantimes.com. In an interview to Tehran Times, he spoke about last weeks assembly elections in India, and how its outcome can influence the results of general elections in India early next year.Q. Is it true that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is overwhelmingly dependent on PM Narendra Modi to win elections?.  Source: tehrantimes.com Share This:

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North Carolina House candidate sought out aide at center of fraud probe, despite warning on tactics

“The North Carolina elections board has issued subpoenas to the Harris campaign and its general consultant, Red Dome Group” writes Amy Gardner for sun-sentinel.com. And he decided to hire him despite warnings about Dowless’ criminal record and Dowless’ own public testimony describing questionable election tactics. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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