Women banned from taking part in polls in Pakistan region

 In a bizarre diktat out of sync with modern-day ethos, the Jirga (religious assembly) in Gilgit Baltistan -- an eight-hour drive from the Pakistan capital -- has banned women from taking part in the coming assembly elections slated for June 8.

Loons and superheroes liven up UK election

There`s something about a British general election that brings out oddballs, loons and eccentric buffoons who dream of making it to parliament.

Burundi president to seek controversial third term: Party

Burundi`s president was Saturday declared as candidate for a controversial third term in office, his ruling party announced, despite mounting protests over a move that the opposition says is unconstitutional.

Wife of Malaysia's jailed Anwar to run for his seat

The wife of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Saturday entered the race for the parliamentary seat vacated by her husband's recent jailing over a much-criticised sodomy conviction, a party official said.

Tensions as Burundi president to launch contested re-election bid

 Burundi`s president was Saturday set to declare his controversial bid for re-election during a ruling party congress taking place amid tight security and mounting tensions.

UN warns of Burundi election violence

 The UN Security Council on Friday warned that upcoming elections in Burundi could turn violent and vowed to take action against those who are fomenting unrest.

Sudan extends elections by one day amid slow turnout

Sudan on Wednesday extended nationwide elections by one day after a low turnout that the opposition said reflected apathy towards a vote President Omar al-Bashir is widely expected to win.

UK election uncertainty tops business concerns: Survey

British companies are chiefly concerned about uncertainties over next month`s general election leading to caution over investment, according to a survey published by accountancy firm Deloitte on Tuesday.

Myanmar election talks close without resolution

A second round of talks between the key players in Myanmar`s looming election, including Aung San Suu Kyi, finished without resolution, a minister said Friday, though he described the discussion as "successful."

Northern Ireland fields first-ever Sikh candidate for UK polls

 A 31-year-old Sikh politician will be the first Indian-origin candidate to contest in the UK General Elections from Northern Ireland on May 7.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi refuses to rule out election boycott

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday refused to rule out a boycott of looming elections as she cast doubt over the likelihood of key changes to a charter that bans her from running for president.

Cambodian MPs appoint new election body after fraud allegations

Cambodia`s parliament Thursday appointed a new election committee in a bid to clean-up polls routinely tainted by allegations of fraud and as part of an agreement between the ruling and opposition parties.

UK polls debate fails to yield any clear winners

 The only televised debate between British Prime Minister David Cameron, opposition leader Ed Miliband and five others yielded no clear winners, making it more difficult for pollsters to predict the outcome of next month's election.

EC for new machine to enhance voter secrecy

 The Election Commission wants to use a new machine which prevents disclosure of voting pattern during counting to enhance voter secrecy and has received the backing of the Law Commission, but the government is yet to take a final call on the issue.

Big TV debate of British election campaign yields no clear winner

The main TV debate of Britain`s national election campaign yielded no clear winner on Thursday with three opinion polls producing four different winners, but David Cameron`s attempt to appear the most statesman-like appeared to have paid off.

Cameron, Miliband join seven-way UK election debate

British Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband face their one and only live television debate of the election campaign on Thursday, along with five others in a seven-way contest.

Indian-origin businesses back Conservative party in UK

 A number of Indian-origin entrepreneurs have backed Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party in the upcoming UK General Election in May, warning that a government led by Opposition Labour party would "threaten jobs and deter investment".

Nigeria`s Goodluck Jonathan publicly concedes election

Nigeria`s Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday publicly conceded defeat in the presidential election to Muhammadu Buhari, expressing his gratitude for the opportunity to lead the nation.

Britain`s UKIP leader pledges 90 percent immigration cut

 The head of the UK Independence Party on Tuesday promised to slash net migration into Britain by 90 percent as he unveiled an election poster showing escalators riding up the White Cliffs of Dover.

Curfew in Nigeria`s Rivers state over election tensions: state govt

An overnight curfew was imposed in Nigeria`s southern Rivers state as tensions ran high over local results of the country`s general election, the state government said on Monday.