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by AGORA moderator
18 August 2017
The Scottish Parliament is in the middle of a "brute force" cyber attack, it has said.
 
The problems are expected to last several days, they have said. It is an echo of the attack that hit the Westminster Parliament and caused similarly lengthy problems for London MPs.
 
Attackers appear to be trying to get into email and internet accounts of politicians, according to parliamentary officials. Though that hasn't worked, people are getting locked...
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by AGORA moderator
17 August 2017
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson appeared in the Australian senate today wearing the full black covering of a burqa.
 
She wore it for several minutes until leaping to her feet when the Senate President gave her the call to ask a question asking to ban the burqa in Australia "in light of national security."
 
Hanson's call is part of a long-running campaign by the controversial Queensland senator, who, when she returned to parliament last year,...
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by AGORA moderator
15 August 2017

Budget offices are a crucial bridge between the highly technical knowledge of finance departments and the MPs who must hold politicians to account.

Close scrutiny of government spending and revenue collection is key to Parliament fulfilling its constitutional mandate of maintaining oversight over executive action and policy implementation.
 
The parliamentary budget office, established in 2013, is a way to enhance this oversight. The Money Bills Amendment...
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by AGORA member
10 August 2017
An exhibition on ethics and parliamentary conduct opens tomorrow based upon the first guide on parliamentary ethics created for Portuguese Speaking African countries and East Timor (PALOP-TL). This initiative is possible thanks to the technical and financial support of the PRO PALOP-TL SAI project to the Assembly National of Guinea Bissau and the specialized committee on parliamentary ethics.
 
The opening ceremony will count with the presence of the president of the...
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by AGORA member
9 August 2017
Kenya opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has said the electoral commission's IT system has been hacked to manipulate the election results. He rejected early results from Tuesday's vote indicating a strong lead for President Uhuru Kenyatta.
 
The electoral commission has not yet responded to Mr Odinga's accusation, but politicians have called for calm. Many fear a repeat of the...
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by AGORA member
8 August 2017
UNDP works with UN Women and OHCHR to strengthen electoral processes and empower women as candidates and voters.
 
Abdia Gole, 33, is a recent graduate in Business Management from one of the leading universities in Kenya. She’s also a candidate for the upcoming County Assembly elections for Gorbo Ward, Marsabit County, in Northern Kenya.
 
“I am going door to door, campaigning to urge women and youth to vote for me. Our time is now or never,”...
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by AGORA member
8 August 2017
The United Nations Development Programme has joined the Registrar of Political Parties, the Chief Ombudsman and the highest polling female candidate in the national elections to call for political leaders, governments and voters to commit to real change to progress female participation in politics, after no women were elected to Parliament.
 
For the first time in 25 years (since the 1992 election), no females will make up the 111-member Parliament, despite more...
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by AGORA member
8 August 2017
Long queues are forming in Kenya as voters wait to cast their ballots in a hotly contested election that pits incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta against the nation's former prime minister.
 
"I have been here for around two hours," one man standing in line at a polling booth in Busia County on the border with Uganda told CNN affiliate NTV. "I came at six in the morning to exercise my democratic right and bring change to this country."
 
Raila...
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by AGORA member
7 August 2017
Today, the National Assembly of Guinea Bissau, with the support of the Pro PALOP-TL SAI project, is organising a conference about the role of parliaments in overseeing the Sustainable Development Goals implementation and foreign aid in the country. 
 
Recognising that parliaments are vital to the process of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, the conference aims to ensure members of parliament are equipped with the necessary tools to oversee the...
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by AGORA member
7 August 2017

According to the electoral commission in Senegal, the country's ruling coalition party will take 125 of 165 seats in parliament. This confirmed an expected landslide for supporters of President Macky Sall.

Senegal's ruling coalition's landslide victory in the parliamentary elections was widely expected. The presidential coalition Benno Bokk Yaakaar (BBY) took 49.48 percent of votes in Senegal's list system, while the coalitions of ex-president Abdoulaye Wade and Dakar Mayor Khalifa...
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