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For such a mammoth exercise, nearly 5 million government officials and security forces are deployed, travelling by foot, road, special train, helicopter, boat and sometimes elephant.

“On average, each constituency had 15 candidates during the 2014 election, according to ECI data, with the highest number of hopefuls for one seat recorded at 42” reports huffingtonpost.com. More than 830 million Indians were eligible to vote in the last general election in 2014, more than three times the voting-age population of the United States in 2017.The country of 1.3 billion people typically holds elections in multiple phases to ensure security across polling stations. Source: huffingtonpost.com

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Ruling Russian Political Party Launches Blockchain-Based E-Voting

“The ruling party of the Russian Federation, United Russia, has launched a blockchain-based platform for electronic voting, local news agency TASS reported on March 6” writes Ana Alexandre for cointelegraph.com. The primaries are a straw vote held by United Russia for nominating party candidates at all levels for the general elections.Last month, the city council of Moscow, Russia’s capital city, submitted a bill to use blockchain technology for an electronic voting system. Source: cointelegraph.com

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Cyber attacks rob future elections of their legitimacy, Jeremy Hunt warns

“Democratic elections will remain vulnerable to cyber attacks by hostile states, Jeremy Hunt will warn today” writes Asa Bennett for telegraph.co.uk. The Foreign Secretary will say that authoritarian regimes risk turning elections in the West into “tainted exercises”, although he will stress that there is no evidence of successful interference in UK polls. Mr Hunt will also say that as well as publicly shaming states involved in cyber attacks, economic and diplomatic sanctions should also be part of the response. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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Brexit extension could draw legal challenge: German parliament report

“BERLIN (Reuters) – Britain could face an EU legal challenge if it seeks to delay Brexit because of the impact on EU legislative elections, a legal opinion produced for Germany’s Bundestag said, potentially making it difficult for Berlin to back anything but a short extension” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “In all scenarios, legal provisions appear worth considering to protect the legitimacy of the European Parliament and its decisions from the political and legal risks that may be associated with an extended deadline,” the opinion read. If Britain takes…

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How Netanyahu’s indictment could become a case study for impeachment in the U.S.

“Rules for the indictment of sitting presidents or prime ministers differ between countries” writes March At Am for washingtonpost.com. In various other countries, the dilemma of whether to back impeachment and indictment is even more deeply ingrained in the parliamentary process.In some ways, the Israeli prime minister’s indictment could become a case study for the complexities of impeachment in the United States, too, and for the risks involved in any possible future effort to remove the president from his office.In the end, indictment appeared inevitable, as investigators dug up more…

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Benjamin Netanyahu to be indicted on corruption charges, attorney general says

“Israel’s attorney general has announced plans to indict prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of breach of trust and bribery” writes Liam Halligan for telegraph.co.uk. The move followed months of mounting pressure and comes just six weeks before closely contested elections considered a referendum on Mr Netanyahu’s legacy.Charges can only be filed after a hearing, likely to be held after the April 9 elections, in which Mr Netanyahu can contest the allegations. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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Political operative in tainted North Carolina House race indicted

“The political operative at the center of the election fraud scandal in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, Leslie McCrae Dowless, was indicted today by the Wake County district attorney’s office” writes Laura Barr N-l for politico.com. After Harris’ son testified to the election board that he warned his father about the tactics used by Dowless, Harris also called for a new election. Source: politico.com

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US reportedly took Russian trolls offline on Election Day in 2018

“The US Cyber Command “basically took the IRA offline,” according to an unnamed source that spoke with the Post” writes Laura Hautala for cnet.com. Many government agencies feared the same thing would happen again in the 2018 elections.The US agency responsible for military cyber operations cut off internet connectivity at the Internet Research Agency in Russia on the day of the 2018 midterm elections, according to a report in The Washington Post on Tuesday. Source: cnet.com

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