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The US elections in pictures

Posted in News and that by Adam Westbrook on November 4, 2008

 

Voting in laundrettes

Voting in laundrettes

 

 

ID cards help avoid fraud

ID cards help avoid fraud

 

John McCain votes

John McCain votes

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US voting system in plain english

Posted in News and that by Adam Westbrook on November 4, 2008

The US electoral system is a lot more complicated than I imagined. Colleges, senators, districts all that.

Luckily then there is a helpful explainer (with pretty pictures) on Youtube. Useful, even if the guy doing it sounds like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle:

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Time to watch, and wait

Posted in News and that by Adam Westbrook on November 4, 2008

As Chris Doidge pointed out earlier today, there’s nothing else left to say on the US elections now.

It’s all been said, and doesn’t matter anyway as 136 million Americans queue for hours to have their say.

Charlie Beckett reckons 95% of the international media are pro-democrat and very pro-Obama (check out some front pages from Ghana’s leading newspapers with E.K. Bensah if you need proof).

Chris says the internet was the bigger winner this time round. My only addition to that is Obama was the big winner from the internet. Would he have been so successful with youtube, myspace and his cunning use of Web 2.0?

I interviewed an American student earlier, who used to work with Mitt Romney all those months ago (remember him?) She was a highly articulate Republican, but quietly resigned to the fact it won’t go her way tonight. “McCain was the wrong choice” she told me.

Last word to Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow in America:

“Listen, I have lived in America. I have reported on America for more than half my life. And I will share with you that this day feels exceptional – however it ends.”

Either way tonight, history will be made.

The (other) big election

Posted in International Development, News and that by Adam Westbrook on October 28, 2008

Thanks to E.K. Bensah for reminding me of another big vote taking place before Christmas.

Yes, with seven days to go all eyes are on the upcoming US elections. But I’ll also be following Ghana’s vote in December.

Unlike the yanks, Ghana has no less than 8 candidates for president ranging from Prof. John Atta Mills to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

And whatever you might think of elections on the African continent, the website of Ghana’s electoral commission suggests this is a poll sat firmly in the 21st century.

From my own experience covering a tiny by-election there way back in 2003, people take politics really seriously!

Still it’ll be sad to see the back of John Kufour, possibly the world leader with the deepest voice!