ELECTION RESULTS (December 2008–March 2009)
Bangladesh: Parliamentary elections were held on December 29 after a delay of two years during which a military-controlled caretaker government had declared a state of emergency. Sheikh Hasina’s Bangladesh Awami League won 49 percent of the vote and 230 seats in the 300-seat National Assembly, and Hasina was sworn in as prime minister for the second time. Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which had been in power in 2001–06, won 33 percent and 30 seats. The Jatiya Party, an ally of the Awami League, won 7 percent and 27 seats. Independent candidates won 4 seats, and other parties won the remaining 9 seats.
El Salvador: In the January 18 elections for the 84-seat Legislative Assembly, the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) won 43 percent of the vote and 35 seats, and the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) won 39 percent and 32 seats. The National Conciliation Party won 9 percent and 11 seats, the Christian Democratic Party won 7 percent and 5 seats, and the Democratic Change party won 2 percent and 1 seat. The presidential election was scheduled to be held on March 15; results will be reported in a future issue.
Ghana: In the presidential runoff on December 28, the National Democratic Party’s (NDC) John Evans Atta Mills won an extremely close victory over the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo with 50.2 percent of the vote. In the first round on December 7, Akufo-Addo won 49 percent, while Mills won 48 percent. In concurrent parliamentary elections for the 230-seat Parliament, the opposition NDC won 114 seats, while the ruling NPP won 107 seats. The People’s National Convention won 2 seats, the Convention People’s Party won one seat, and [End Page 176] independent candidates won 4 seats. Two seats remain undeclared. See the article by E. Gyimah-Boadi on pp. 138–152 above for further details.
Macedonia: Presidential elections were scheduled for March 22; results will be reported in a future issue.
Micronesia: Legislative elections were held on March 3; results will be reported in a future issue.
Montenegro: Parliamentary elections were scheduled for March 29; results will be reported in a future issue.
Slovakia: Presidential elections were scheduled for March 21; results will be reported in a future issue.
UPCOMING ELECTIONS (April 2009–March 2010)
Afghanistan: presidential, 20 August 2009
Albania: parliamentary, 28 June 2009
Algeria: presidential, 9 April 2009
Angola: presidential, September 2009
Argentina: legislative, 25 October 2009
Botswana: legislative, October 2009
Bulgaria: parliamentary, 14 June 2009
Chad: parliamentary, April 2009
Chile: presidential/legislative, 11 December 2009
Colombia: legislative, March 2010
Comoros: parliamentary, April 2009
Congo (Brazzaville): presidential, July 2009
Costa Rica: presidential/legislative, February 2010
Côte d’Ivoire: presidential/parliamentary, by 31 October 2009
Croatia: presidential, January 2010
Ecuador: presidential/legislative, 19 April 2009
Equatorial Guinea: presidential, December 2009 [End Page 177]
Guinea: parliamentary, by December 2009
Honduras: presidential/legislative, November 2009
India: parliamentary, 16 April–13 May 2009
Indonesia: legislative, 9 April 2009; presidential, 8 July 2009
Iran: presidential, 12 June 2009
Iraq: parliamentary, December 2009
Lebanon: parliamentary, 7 June 2009
Lithuania: presidential, 17 May 2009
Malawi: presidential/legislative, 19 May 2009
Maldives: legislative, 17 May 2009
Mauritania: presidential, 6 June 2009
Mexico: legislative, 5 July 2009
Moldova: parliamentary, 5 April 2009
Mongolia: presidential, 24 May 2009
Mozambique: presidential/parliamentary, December 2009
Namibia: presidential/parliamentary, November 2009
Niger: presidential/parliamentary, November 2009
Panama: presidential/legislative, 3 May 2009
Romania: presidential, 28 November 2009
São Tome and Príncipe: parliamentary, March 2010
South Africa: parliamentary, 22 April 2009
Sudan: presidential/legislative, July 2009
Tajikistan: parliamentary, February 2010
Tunisia: presidential/parliamentary, October 2009
Ukraine: presidential, 17 January 2010; parliamentary, early 2010
Uruguay: presidential/legislative, 25 October 2009
Yemen: parliamentary, 27 April 2009
Election Watch provides reports of recently decided and upcoming elections in developing nations and the postcommunist world. Some of the data for Election Watch come from IFES, a private, nonprofit education and research foundation that assists in monitoring, supporting, and strengthening the mechanics of the electoral process worldwide. For additional information, visit www.ifes.org. [End Page 178]