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Latest items for VOTE-DATA-1

June 21, 2019, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia

"For the first time, women were allowed to vote and run as candidates, and the voting age was lowered universally to 18 years. The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs actively encouraged women’s participation in the December municipal elections. According to the ministry, 131,188 women registered to vote (compared with 1,373,971 men registered in 2015 and previous election cycles), and 979 ran as candidates (compared with 5,938 men). Election regulations prohibited candidates from contesting under party affiliation. Twenty-one women won seats, and 17 were appointed to seats" (Pg 31).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:49 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1, GP-DATA-1

"Their representation in this island nation, still reeling from a protracted civil war, remains at a miserable 2 percent of local government posts, though women make up more than 51 percent of registered voters" (para 2).
Sept. 26, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"Meanwhile, the minimum voting age has dropped from 21 years old to 18" (para 9).
May 15, 2016, 7:55 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"that the right to elect and be elected shall be granted to every citizen of Montenegro of 18 years of age and above with at least two year residence in Montenegro (Article 45), " (13) "Full age is attained upon reaching 18 years of age (Article 13, Family Law)." (87)
Sept. 25, 2015, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"'To register to vote, citizens must be 18 years old, should not have any criminal records and must be a resident in the city where they are registered,” said the source" (para 7)
Aug. 18, 2015, 10:52 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"Any Afghan, whether man or women, who has completed the age of 18, has a voting card and is not prohibited from voting by law, can take part in elections and there is not any discrimination against women" (40)
July 11, 2015, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"The right of participation in public affairs is safeguarded by the Basic Law of the State and accorded to all Omani men and women. It is restricted to males and females aged 21 or above, be they Omani by origin or naturalization" (14)
June 15, 2015, 8:09 a.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: VOTE-LAW-1, VOTE-DATA-1

"The Constitution of the Republic of Cuba and the Electoral Act establish that every Cuban citizen over the age of 16, irrespective of sex, race or religious belief, is entitled to vote and to be elected in public elections" (22)
Sept. 2, 2014, 12:14 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"In Sierra Leone, the age of suffrage is 18" (53)
June 23, 2014, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"Kuwait's election law denies all women the right to vote. It restricts male voting rights to male citizens over twenty-one of years of age, with a further prohibition on voting by naturalized male citizens prior to the passage of thirty years from the date of their naturalization" (22).
May 14, 2014, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"Constitutional rights are enjoyed by every citizen who reaches the age of 18" (32).
Feb. 10, 2014, 9:23 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"The age of suffrage is also 18 years" (54)
Sept. 17, 2012, 9 a.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"Universal adult suffrage was fought and won in 1953 and women 21 years voted for the first time" (29). "According to the Constitution, every person may vote at an election if she/he is 18 years of age, who is a citizen of Guyana or a Commonwealth citizen domiciled legally in Guyana for one year" (33)
July 25, 2012, 11:50 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"The constitution provides citizens the right to change their government peacefully, and citizens generally exercised this right in practice through periodic elections on the basis of universal suffrage" (Section 3).
June 14, 2012, 8:35 p.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"In addition, the Constitution also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, [15] and Article 6 stipulates that universal suffrage is at the age of eighteen for both men and women" (para 7)
March 14, 2012, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"The Electoral Code of 18 September 2000, revised under Act No. 003/PR/2009 of 7 January 2009, itself modified by Act No. 007/PR2010 of 8 February 2010 modifying certain provisions contained in Act No. 003, invokes in all its clauses those in the Constitution devoted to equality of men and women before the law in article 3 and the right of Chadians of both sexes who have reached the age of 18 to participate in elections" (27)
March 10, 2012, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"However, the age of civil majority is 21 for everyone (Civil Code, art. 488; Minors Act, No. 70-483 of 3 August 1970, art. 1). The voting age is 18 for everyone (Constitution, art. 33; Electoral Code, art. 3)" (89)
Jan. 23, 2012, 7:34 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"Article 2 of the said law states that: 'All Malagasy citizens of either sex, being of the full age of 18 years on the date of the poll, resident in Madagascar and in full possession of their civil and political rights, may vote'" (55)
April 29, 2011, 8:44 p.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"Article 3 of the Law on the National Assembly Election (1997) stipulates that 'all Lao citizens regardless of their sex, ethnical groups, faith, social status, place of lodging, profession, who are 18 years of age, have the right to vote; any one from 21 years of age has the right to be elected as a National Assembly Member'" (16). "The Lao PDR's Constitution and laws ensure gender equality as provided for in Article 37 of the amended Constitution. Article 36 stipulates 'Lao citizens who have reached the age of eighteen and above have the right to vote and those who has reached the age of twenty-first and above have the...more
Nov. 29, 2010, 2:10 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"Parliamentary elections are held every five years and every citizen of 18 years and above is eligible to vote." (40)
Feb. 24, 2010, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"Because Brunei does not have an elected legislature, neither women nor men can vote or contest elections" (3).
Sept. 4, 2009, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"Prior to general elections, campaigns are undertaken to raise electoral turnout. These campaigns focus on groups that have a lower electoral turnout than others. Groups that currently vote to a lesser extent than others include young women and young men, unemployed women and men as well as women and men with foreign backgrounds, i.e. who were born abroad or born in Sweden but have two parents who were born abroad. Measures are also being undertaken prior to the 2006 general elections within the framework of the Government's long-term programme of measures Participating Sweden, designed to fight exclusion and increase people's participation in Swedish society. One of its aims is to...more
Aug. 27, 2009, 10:06 a.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"A person shall have the right to vote by direct adult suffrage through secret ballot at an election if the person is: (b) Not less than eighteen years of age" (46)
July 7, 2009, 5:37 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"Citizens of Ukraine acquire the right to take part in referendums and elections to agencies of the Executive at the age of 18 years…" (41)
Feb. 16, 2009, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: VOTE-LAW-1, VOTE-DATA-1

In Vietnam one of the most important political rights of the citizen is the right to vote and to stand for election to State organs. article 54 of the 1992 Constitution and article of the Law on the election of members of the People’s Councils in 1994 stipulate: “The citizen of the SRVN, regardless of ethnicity, sex, social background, religious belief shall, upon reaching the age of eighteen, have the right to vote, and, upon reaching the age of twenty-one, have the right to stand for election to the National Assembly and the People’s Councils in accordance with the provisions of the law.”
Jan. 30, 2009, 11:26 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"83. The age of majority in Uganda is 18 years" (32).
Jan. 30, 2009, 9:34 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"The constitution provides citizens with the right to change their government peacefully, and citizens aged 18 and older exercised this right through periodic, free, and fair elections held on the basis of universal suffrage. Voting in all elections is compulsory. Failure to vote is punishable by a nominal fine." (para 55)
Jan. 30, 2009, 9:31 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"The Ugandan law treats all persons below the age of 18 as children and those persons who are 18 years and above as adults in all legal and civil matters" (95).
Jan. 26, 2009, 4:53 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"The data indicates that slightly over half of women do exercise their right to vote. This suggests that helping women understand their status through survey data might inform an active political involvement in creating change. Majorities voted in most provinces, with the exceptions of the South Western and Western regions. The data also indicates the women with lower incomes have more participation in voting than the women with higher incomes. Women who voted were also more likely to be older and more educated, use the radio as their primary source for news and were more likely to make the purchase decisions for their household needs over their spouse, compared to...more
Jan. 23, 2009, 12:37 p.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"The constitution provides citizens the right to change their government peacefully, and citizens exercised this right in practice through periodic, free, and fair elections held by secret ballot and on the basis of universal suffrage for all citizens age 18 and older." (para 49)